Today’s Scripture: How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 1 Corinthians 14:26
|There are moments when we are ready to conquer the world for Christ…but many times we want to do it in our own way. Like Peter, we often need to be reminded how the Lord desires us to serve Him:
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” John 21:15-17
Did that portion of scripture say feed my giraffes? Did the Lord say: “Simon I want you to speak in a way that only the learned can understand. Use the most impressive vocabulary possible and speak with a lofty, booming voice.”? No, the Lord commands Him not once, not twice, but three times to feed His sheep.
We all know sheep are not the smartest creatures that have ever stumbled around on this planet. Yet, this is what we are likened to in the Bible because the Lord knows we need His Word presented in a way that is clear and simple. We are not to be showy. Would it be more impressive if my son and I spoke from the pulpit with difficult Greek terminology and extremely complex presentations? Yes. Would it be helpful? No. For this reason, we do not try to appear overly educated. We preach so that everyone can get it right down to the tiniest sheep. Honestly, I should impress you with my simplicity so that when you leave, you can say that you understood everything that was said.
Whether you are a lay person, a deacon, or a pastor, you should strive to make things clear when you speak to others about God’s Word – especially the gospel. No one can benefit from something that they cannot understand. Believer, feed the sheep, not the giraffes. We were not called to feed the tallest creatures at the zoo, so let’s do what God commanded and get in the fields to feed His sheep.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.