When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21:15-19.
Caring for people is hard. That is why children are aborted and abandoned. That is why people walk out of marriages. And it’s the reason we fob off on the government our obligations to our neighbors. We are all about meeting our own needs. And it’s the reason we are more likely to keep Jesus as a “personal Savior,” instead of the Savior of the World.
Jesus tells us to care for people down at the Lamb level. If we will feed the lambs, the flock can take care of itself. It’s no accident that Jesus taught His disciples, “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:12-14).
We have been sent on a mission to save the lost. Instead, we seek the scriptures for self-improvement. We work hard to get out of debt, forgetting the rest of the verse that tells us, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8).