Author: Todd Perkins
Text: John 21:15-17
When one considers how to worship the Lord God, it would seem that even the idea is immediately challenged by this thought: “How could the Infinite, Holy, Perfect and Almighty God accept a human’s limited expression of praise to Him?” Thankfully, the sacrificial work by Jesus on the cross grants to us access and acceptance to bring our gift of worship to God. (Ephesians 2:18, 1 Peter 2:5)
Although we might have a tendency to consider our expressions of worship to be insignificant to God, He still seeks our worship and our acknowledgment of the greatness of His being. In John 4, in Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well, He is working at transforming her from her ashamed sinful condition into a worshipper of God, giving her one of the most poignant teachings in all of Scripture about worship.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:24
I’ve always been impressed that the interchange between Jesus and Peter in John 21, is not only Christ restoring Peter from his previous denial of the Lord. Jesus is also teaching Peter how to worship Him—by approving Peter’s expressions of love for Jesus.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. – John 21:15-17
There are probably times when we feel that our love for God is not worthy for adequately worshipping Him. At the time of his restoration, Peter probably felt badly trying to express love to Jesus. But Jesus both accepted and approved the expression of love from His disciple. And He told Peter how to do it.
We should be encouraged in worship to express to Jesus our feelings of love and affection, for all that He is, and for all that He has done. Expressing love for Jesus is fundamental to our relationship with Him.
I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy, my King,
In what You hear.
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
– Laurie Klein, 1978