I have always been quite interested in the questions asked in the scriptures. For questions when rightly asked, they open up a whole new dimension, which is accessible by the answers provided especially if the right person is asked. I’m even more intrigued when the person asking the question is Jesus Christ. It demands our utmost attention. Such was the nature of things a few years ago when Peter was encountered post-resurrection.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
In the interaction between Jesus and Peter, the tables were reversed, Jesus was the one asking the questions. The very first question was:
Lovest thou me more than these?
If we were the ones asking the questions, we would have asked in the first place:
Lovest thou me?
But you see, the problem with our own question is that, it is a singular question. That which Jesus asked is a two-in-one inquiry, For it first makes us deal with the our love for Him and then the primacy of our love for him..
We realize that it’s easy to say we love him, actually, there are even a whole lot of songs that express such lofty thoughts. And without any disputing, we probably do. However, our love for Jesus Christ can never come in second place, it is excluded. We tend to do well with loving Him, the problem arises when He starts to probe and seek to displace other loves from our heart. When he starts demanding our Isaacs, our fishes, our reputation, all that we have counted as gain in the words of the Apostle Paul. We realize like Peter, that it might be a difficult question to answer.
We can’t love God by our strength, however, we can make a decision to do put him first. To set him as our first love. I have found that in doing that we might have done the singular most important thing.