Camp Sealed Orders ~ Feed My Sheep

Click the picture above to read the Bible passage: Matthew 14:22-33.

People get uptight about evolution, but I have always said that it does not really matter. I point to the verse from 2 Peter (see below) and remind everyone that God could have created the world in a snap or a trillion years. But churches often get stuck on the minutia (small stuff), from worship styles (or times!), to difficult theology…

But after Peter denied Jesus, the risen Lord only repeated one question, “Do you love me?” And each time Peter replied, “You know I love you.” And here again we get stuck on the small things, the difference in Greek words for love (Jesus uses agape, while Peter uses philo). There is some value in word studies, but it is not the point. The point is very simple and Jesus lays it out cleanly, “Feed my sheep”.  And this conversation is the summation of our faith. Do we love Jesus? Do we feed his sheep?…

Which brings us back to a story from Choir. We served food at a rescue mission and Mr Jay sat talking with a homeless man about God. The man said, “I believe in Jesus, I am just not sure he believes in me.” Of course we all know that Jesus loves this man. That Jesus has a great vision for this man’s life. But this man does not believe it.

As the church, when we get caught up debating the trivial, the world remains outside. And we miss the opportunities to FEED Jesus’ sheep. While we debate Jesus return or activities or … the world remains hungry for truth. Hungry for the Spirit of Christ. And to turn back to the 2 Peter verse, Jesus delays his return not because he is slow, but so that “everyone may come to repentance.” As the church our responsibility is to take people to Christ. Because He is the food that leads to eternal life. And when we fail to feed the sheep, they are left wondering if God is really so Grand… or as hollow as money and everything else the world is offering…

Thousand

8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:8-9

My Grandma would always say “Grand” and every time I hear the word I think of her—but I never thought how closely the word is tied to money. I wonder, which meaning came first. Was Grand, “good” or did it first mean “1000”…  Of course I am getting uptight about something silly. When Grandma said the word it had nothing to with money, but all about joyful relationships. And those friendships are what make life grand…

Questions:

1. What does it mean when Jesus says feed my sheep?
2. Why do we often debate things (or complain) inside the church rather than love our neighbor?
3. What are some of the complaints people have about Christians?
4. Do the actions of the church (Christians) influence how people view God? What does your life say about God?

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