He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him. “Tend my sheep.” John 21:17 (NAS)
I have a kitty who loves me. When donning my black scrub pants in preparation for work, he immediately shows up at my feet. Meowing gently and weaving his way in and around my ankles, he leaves evidence of his love written in white fur all over my pants legs each day. The lint roller is a regular part of my work routine.
This caused me to reflect on how I demonstrate love for my Savior, Jesus. Do I leave evidence daily of my dedication to Him? Is it visible, like Nicky’s fur so that it can be seen and recognized as kindness extended in the precious name of Jesus? Does it point the way to God’s extended arms and saving grace?
In honest evaluation, there are days when I fall short of even Nicky’s simple but genuine expression of love. In the darkness of this world, loving acts will be in great contrast. Anything done in the Father’s name will produce evidence of His light for all to see. Some will brush it off, but still others may be persuaded to seek the Lord for their salvation. I hope to leave proof of Him in all I do and, as Jesus commanded Peter, “tend His sheep” until He returns.
Father, help us to leave behind a visible trail of evidence that leads directly to Your feet as we go about our days on earth. Amen.
© 2012 Bonnie Mae Evans