My friend and colleague Dr. Eric Michael Bryant has a new project that just released called A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be. Eric serves at Gateway Church in Austin, and previously he served at Mosaic in Los Angeles. Eric coaches church planters and campus pastors, teaches on Post Christian Ministry, and leads a cohort for a Doctorate of Ministry in Missional Effectiveness through Bethel Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership. More on these opportunities can be found here. I’m delighted to have Eric as my guest on the blog this week!
“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.’
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.’
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)
For some of us, we read that exchange between Jesus and Peter and think: “Yeah, Peter, feed your sheep! I need someone like Peter in my life to feed me! I need a church, a small group, a mentor to feed me! I need other people to care for me!”
After reading this story in John 21, Erwin McManus, a mentor in my life then asked this question: “When Jesus says to Peter ‘if you love me, go feed my sheep.’ Why do we always see ourselves as the sheep? Why don’t we see ourselves as Peter?”
Have you ever considered that others are looking to you as their shepherd?
Your children, your spouse, your roommates, your friends, your employees, your co-workers, your neighbors, those in your church ~ they all need you. Some pastors are paid to equip. However, most pastors are not paid, and their role is no less valuable or important ~ especially to those they oversee and serve.
You are more ready and prepared than you could imagine.
Maturity does not mean knowing everything about the Bible.
Maturity means obeying what we know from the Bible.
Stop waiting, step out, and find someone to love & serve. YOU are the shepherd God’s been looking for.
To download your own copy of Eric’s book, A Fruitful Life, just click here.