When You Feel Like Quitting ~~ Ron Buford
Do you love me more than these? From John 21:1 – 25
The disciples high hopes inspired them to drop their fishing nets and follow an odd new teacher named Jesus, who would show them a world beyond their wildest dreams. Their hopes had then been –. Jesus had been executed. "Now what?” they asked, "after Jesus, who should we love?"
Here, it is as though Peter says, "Hell, I'm going back to my old love… Fishing." The others joined them. Fishing all night, they catch nothing… Until the resurrected Jesus mysteriously appears. And then the old magic is back. They are inundated with fish. They have breakfast with Jesus – – like old times.
Jesus then teaches them one more lesson. Here he asks Peter, "Do you love me more than you love these fish? Don't you remember? I called you away from the safety of fishing for fish to fishing for God's dangerous dreams and dreamers on the earth. Though you feel like quitting, don't quit. Though you will surely suffer for it, don't quit. Others will get rich financially and you won't, but don't quit. Keep loving through the mystery of uncertainty to experience a sustaining abundance of divine joy… Just don't quit."
PRAYER: Gracious God, I want to be the person you've called me to be for today. Please help my love for you overcome doubt, discouragement, and fear. I love you more than these. Amen.
God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 18.