Spiritually Starving is a play on the "Feed my sheep" instructions from Christ to Peter.
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Peter is given three distinct instructions.
- Feed My Lambs
- Tend My Sheep
- Feed My Sheep
Sheep are pretty dumb animals and Christians willingly take them on as an identity ... well most of us wouldn't do it if we knew just how needy they really are.
With out going into a long drawn out monologue about where the starving part came from it is easier to note that not many shepherds follow the basic outline that Christ gave Peter. Many of the ministries that I see from day to day have one or two elements but seem to be missing the whole part.
In my own ministry as strange as that still sounds to me, I find the feeding part comes pretty easily, the tending, that is a whole different matter. Maybe a sermon outline in the making.
More at another time...
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