A Generous Gift

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." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon Pete son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt hurt 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." John 21:15-17 (NRSV)


Robert E. Boertien lives in Oregon. He volunteers with an organization that provides meals to people in need. One day when he delivered a meal to Tom, he noticed a repairman approaching the home next door.

Robert learned that Tom had secretly paid to have his neighbor's broken hot water heater replaced, knowing they were unemployed, had young children, and had no funds to cover such a cost. Robert asked Tom why he didn't tell the family about his generous act, and Tom replied, "Because I wanted the credit to go to the Lord, not me."

Tom has a variety of health issues and lives with few amenities. He has a strong and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. Foe Robert, Tom's kind act and humility are perfect examples of what it means to be a Christian. If we wish to claim that title, we must consider how we will tend to Christ's lambs and feed God's sheep. By following in Christ's footsteps, we can extend God's blessings to others and show by example, with kind words and actions, the love of God for all people.

Prayer: Gracious Lord, help us to glorify you as we serve others, in Jesus' name, amen


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