Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?
The powerful, penetrating question of Jesus to Peter that every leader and every disciple needs to hear spoken freshly: do you love Jesus?
My mind’s been drawn to this after I was asked to preach recently from John 21. In an interesting juxtaposition in other reading this week, I read the story of another Simon – the Pharisee in Luke 7. The man who hosted Jesus, but with no apparent affection. The man whose party was gatecrashed by ‘a woman of the city who was a sinner’.
While Simon tut-tutted, the woman wept and washed the feet of Jesus with her tears.
He who is forgiven little loves little.
Is that at least part of what holds some of us back? We have not realised how much we are loved and forgiven.
If you’re struggling with the John 21 question, perhaps you need to focus on grace.