The following is from OBC’s daily devotional for today:
Jesus’ appearance, miracle of the great catch of fish, and loving provision of breakfast served to strengthen the disciples’ faith in who Jesus was—the Christ, the promised Messiah, the eternal Son of God made flesh (vv. 1-14; cf. 20:31).
Before Jesus’ crucifixion Peter denied Christ three times (18:15-17, 25-27), though he had boldly professed allegiance to Jesus (13:37). Here, after Jesus’ resurrection, the Lord helps Peter see that his motivation for caring for Christ’s followers must be devoted love for Jesus (vv. 15-19).
The disciples—and every believer—must follow Jesus, which means a steadfast pursuit of committed faith (vv. 20-23). When a believer does so, it doesn’t matter if one lives a long life (like John did) or dies brutally (like Peter did), following Christ glorifies the Lord.
Truths to Nail Down and Meditate On
- True faith in Jesus Christ that results in eternal life is seen and demonstrated by a life of steadfast, committed faithfulness. Because we still have a sin nature we will do and say things we shouldn’t, but the overall character and course of our lives will be marked by a controlling love for the Lord Jesus.
- Do not concern yourself with what God providentially does with other believers, comparing what God is doing in your life with what he is doing in others’ lives. Focus instead on how you are living for and serving him!