Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Feeding His Sheep

John 21:16 - 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.

Feeding His Sheep

Now that February is upon us, chances are good that resolutions set a few weeks ago got left in the polar vortex.  It's funny how those things seem so important on January 2 are all but forgotten come January.  My theory is that we focus so intently on what's wrong that we lose sight of the benefits of what's right about our plans to make changes.

Even when we train pets, we focus on positive rewards rather than punishing the negative behavior.  Oh, there's a time for correction, but to get consistency in behavior, every descent trainer will tell you to use rewards, not punishment.  But, when we set out to lose weight or break a habit in our own lives, as soon as we come us short, we punish ourselves.  We start that inner conversation about how we'll never get there or never stop doing 'that'.  We feed the wrong and not the right.

When Jesus was talking to Peter about how he could show his love for the Master, Jesus told him to 'Feed my sheep.'  Beloved, we can get so caught up in the outside work that we can lose sight that WE are also His sheep and need to be fed too.

There's a simple principle about survival; what's fed lives.  When we come to Christ and focus our discipleship efforts on fixing what's wrong, we're actually feeding the wrong.  I offer this challenge to feed the Spirit and not the carnal man.  When we hone in on the goodness of Christ, on the privilege and benefit of following Him and walking in obedience, the empty rewards and hollowness of that 'stuff' we do that's against God will show up in such amazing contrast that, in time, we won't even be able to tolerate it, let alone entertain it.

Jesus showed us an example of this in the parable about the tares and the wheat.  When the enemy sowed tares in the good crop of wheat, it was tempting to spend the time and the energy pulling out the tares.  But the master farmer knew that you might destroy the wheat by doing that.  He said, let the tares grow with the wheat and when the harvest comes, we'll separate them then.

So, after focusing on dedication, now lets focus on growing the wheat; growing the good things of Christ.  The 'whatsoever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, has virtue or any praise - these are the things we should think on, grow, feed (Philippians 4:8).  Don't let the tares have more attention than they deserve.  Because, when it comes time to harvest, they will be consumed.

Love Him?  Feed His sheep.  Don't know Him?  Come to Fellowship and we'll introduce you.

Matthew 13:24-30

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

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