Faith is a doing word.
Faith is action.
My favourite place in Israel is Peter’s Landing. It is the place where Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Jesus asked Peter that same question three times. Peter answered Him, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus then said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.”
Faith has got feet. Jesus told Peter to not only talk about it, but to start putting it into practise. We need to do the same. I feel very privileged to be invited to speak at Galilee [on Wednesday, August 28, 2013]. By the grace of God, I will be telling this to the people that are going to be gathered there, on the shores of Lake Galilee. I will be asking them and challenging them with the same question that Jesus asked Peter. “Do you love me?”
If the answer is yes, then the Lord says feed my sheep. Take care of my sheep, especially the lambs. We really need to look after and encourage the young people. This comes by living a life which is worthy of respect. A lot of young people are not interested in following after the Lord Jesus Christ, because of the hypocrisy that is found amongst the so-called Christians. We need to let our yes be yes, and our no be no.
We are not to be ashamed of being known as followers of Jesus Christ. We need to be in a position, where young people can come and ask counsel from us. We need to be in touch with what young people are going through. The pressures they face are severe. When I was a young man, the temptations that we were subjected to, was nothing in comparison with what young men and woman are subjected to today. Look at the media, cell phones, computers and the access to pornography, compromised preaching, etc. That is not feeding God’s Sheep .
We need to get back to basics. We need to speak about reality and we will see the young people grow into the men and women that God created them to be. If we are out of touch with society, we are of no benefit to society. We need to be in the world, but not of the world. We need to protect and defend both the young and the old. We need to be like the shepherds of the Middle East; they do not beat their sheep, but rather lead their sheep from the front. We need to be like Paul, the great apostle, who said, “Imitate me, as I imitate God.” That is the type of food, that I believe Jesus Christ was talking about, when He told Peter to feed His sheep.
God bless you