“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’”
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’
It is so easy to “love” what we can get from God more than God. It is easier to “love” God when things are going according to our preconceived idea of a “happy life” than it is when things go crazy. Peter had denied Jesus and Jesus had died so Peter did what he knew best, he went back to fishing. Jesus rose from the dead and met with the disciples and prepared them for their ministry. He came to Peter and asked him, “Do you love me?” Three times Jesus had to ask Peter in order to break down his facade and get him to commit. In his book, “The Papa Prayer”, Larry Crabb points out that in the story of the Prodigal Son, the son decides to return home, not because of his love for his father but because he wanted what his father could provide. The truth is he knew that the hired servants lived better than he was living and he came home to be provided for. He never once told the father that he loved him. What about us? Do we love God or do we really love what He provides. As long as things are great or at least, status quo, God is deserving of our love. But what happens when things turn sour, or there is conflict in our life? We are the first to doubt Him. Today, love God. Just love Him. Tell Him so. Love Him because He is! Love Him, not to get, but just because you want to. This way you can say, “Yes” when He asks you, “Do you love me more than these?”
Father, today, I just want to love You. I want to love You for who You are. Help me to examine my heart and repent of a consumer mentality that comes to you for what I can get. Forgive me for attaching strings to my love. Holy Spirit, guide me into a deeper love for the Triune God today.
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