John 21:15-16 – Feed My Sheep

John 21:15-16
15
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.
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.

-The Bible tells us that our “adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)  If a lion is hunting a pack of animals, which one does it always go after?  The slowest and weakest.  Even if a lion is able to kill and eat the biggest, strongest prey, it is too smart to waste time and effort doing that.  Our adversary the devil is also that smart; he is prowling for those lambs and sheep that are weakest in terms of spiritual wisdom and experience.  That brings a very serious responsibility to those of us who cannot excuse themselves as young and weak in Christ.  Just as the Lord charged Peter to feed His lambs and His sheep, so is it our responsibility to feed the sincere milk of the Word to the babes in Christ and those who are not yet spiritually grounded.  It is our responsibility to lead and guide (in both word and deed) those who might otherwise be devoured by Satan.  It may seem like a tremendous burden, but it is ours to gladly bear; “for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48)

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