How did Peter learn these qualities? As Jesus closed out his cross-examination of Peter in John 21, He makes one short statement, “Follow Me” (21:19). None of us can learn the qualities of shepherding without being in close relationship and intimacy with the “Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). Following Jesus cannot be done at a distance and at the same time be learning from Him how each sheep is to be protected, fed, cared for and brought to full growth.
How close are you following Jesus? That is the true test of love!