For her final talk this week on the questions Jesus asked, Dr. Jo Vitale explores one of the final ones he ever asked on this earth and how seeking to answer it can help untangle the confusion in our hearts.
Jesus makes it very clear that there is one reason and one reason alone why Jesus is going to ask Peter to be a leader in his kingdom and it all comes down to Peter’s love for Jesus.
That is the same question that Jesus asks of every one of us who want to play a part in building his kingdom and being a blessing to the world: “Do you love me?” if we can’t answer that then all the knowledge and intellect and experience and effort and successes become nothing more than deadly distractions.
There is so much that we can learn from Jesus’ questions about the kind of people we are called to be, as we’ve seen this week. To be those who give dignity rather than dishonor, who ask questions they aim for the heart, who invest in relationships that make us vulnerable, and who live lives that tell a true story about who God is. And most importantly, those who really love Jesus. Do we love him today?
Make it personal:
How can we ask questions that “aim for the heart”?
What is distracting you from loving Jesus?