I remember well the times that my mother would ask me several times if I had done what she told me to do. By the third time, I would start thinking back to the ‘way I had obeyed.’ Many of my ‘acts of obedience’ were short of what I knew she expected.
There are many times I still review what I do in the light of God’s Word and by what I know is expected of me — and to my shame, fall short. Should we do this kind of self-examination? Paul told the Corinthians, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Is this what Jesus was doing with Peter when He asked Peter three times, “Do you love Me” (John 21:15-17). There was no secret in Peter’s life that Jesus did not know. In asking Peter this question three times, He wanted Peter to examine himself so he would be truthful about his own heart, his motives and able to measure his love by the love Jesus had shown to him.
What area of your life would Jesus ask you THREE TIMES, ‘what about this or that?’ These questions are not asked to condemn, but to make us “examine ourselves” with truth so we can better serve the Lord and His interests here on earth. There is only so much time left to do His work and He is looking for those who will be totally faithful to Him, His Word, and His calling.
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