Jesus was doing this with Peter on the eve of leaving the disciples and returning to the Father. It was critical that Jesus leave the work in the hands of faithful men who would not turn and run in the face of a little trouble as they did at Jesus’ trial. There had to be a solid foundation at the level of their hearts.
The most important question Jesus could ask Peter was, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” (John 21:15-17). Jesus was pursuing ONE THING with Peter; his love for the Lord. Why didn’t Jesus ask some question about what he would do in ministry or whether he would be faithful under pressure? The foundation for service is not ability or the intentions of the heart. Nor is service for the Lord done well by how much education we have or how much pay we receive, or by the title behind our name. The ONE THING that will guarantee faithfulness in service is our deep love for the Lord through an intimate relationship with Him. This was the point of Jesus’ persistent question to Peter, “do you love Me?”
He is asking this question of you! How will you answer?