Feed My Sheep| By Emily Lawson

Easter Sunday is a time when we see many faces we do not normally see inside the church house. The purples/pinks/greens/oranges of coordinated outfits wash over the room. Everyone is excited for a big dinner and an Easter egg hunt to follow! Kids (and adults…) go to bed with tummies full of chocolate bunnies and Reese’s eggs!

But what happens on Monday?

Back to work. Back to the grind. Chores and clean up. Sweatpants and ponytails.

And usually – totally overlooking what Sunday just meant!

Did you know that the bible notes three instances that Jesus showed himself to his followers after he rose from the grave?

On the last time mentioned in John, He asks them, what we would consider, a simple question.

“Do you love me?”

I am sure that in a room full of people, we would hear a thundering, resounding, “Yes!”

He then gives them a task.

“Feed my sheep.”

Ooohh…ummm…well, I have all this going on. I have to work and make dinner and do laundry and vacuum and fix that thing. Oh, and let us not forget I have to check Facebook and visit a friend and take the kids to soccer.

On Sunday, all those things were put on hold somehow. However, come Monday morning, they just HAVE to be picked back up. God knows that there’s so much happening in my life, right?

“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him a third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto Him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. “ John 21:15-17 (KJV)

We still have work to do. We may think the Lord knows we love Him, but that does not mean we get to let other things slide!

I have a husband, who takes our family to church three times a week (when social distancing approved)! I have one son who just turned two and one who is due in June, who I hope learns to love the church as much as we do. I have friends and family that I hope learn to love the church as much as we do, too.

However, if I do not do my small part in each of their lives, I am doing them a disservice. God does not have to give us a checklist of items to mark off each day. We simply are told to strive to be more like Him each day. We move when we feel Him tell us to move. We speak when He asks us to speak. We grow closer to Him each and every day!

Luke 6:46 says, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

God has always done His part to allow us to thrive in Him.

So, today, let’s do ours.

Jesus did not die on a cross and rise three days later, defeating death, hell, and the grave, just for that one day in history.

He did it so that each and every day we can continue to remember his sacrifice and move up to it.

He left us a job to do. His sacrifice allows us to receive the free gift of salvation, and share that with those around us.

Feed my sheep.

The after Easter lesson!

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