“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’
Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’
The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!'” (John 21:15-19).

There are some moments in life that cause us to pause. We reflect on our direction and current circumstances. “We’ve decided to go in a different direction.” “It’s a boy.” “It’s cancer.” “I don’t love you any more.” “We’re moving.”

Some are good, positive events. Others are devastating. But they cause us to consider where we’re heading.

Peter had such a moment in his encounter with Jesus recorded in John 21. Not long after Peter’s complete denial of Jesus, he is confronted by Jesus. Jesus recalls him to fellowship. Jesus recalls him to ministry. Jesus recalls him to life.

In the words of Gordon MacDonald, “No one, having heard Him [Jesus], could remain spiritually motionless for long. Either people moved closer to Him, could remain spiritually motionless for long. Either people moved closer to Him, or they moved farther away. Whatever the direction, there was always movement. Our Lord was not an entertainer. He was an agitator of the soul, provoking people to think mid-course correction in life” (Gordon MacDonald, Mid-Course Correction.)

What experiences or events in your life have caused you to reconsider your direction? What were the results? What has helped you in the process?

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