Jesus asked him again, a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus told him, “Take care of my sheep.” Jesus asked him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt sad because Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” So Peter said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus told him, “Feed my sheep. – John 21:16-17
The movie, Schindler’s List, tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who hired some Jewish people to work for him. When he saw the Nazis go into one of their ghettos and shoot these people down in cold blood, Schindler was deeply moved and decided to spend the rest of his life trying to save Jewish people. And he was quite successful.
At the end of the film, the war had come to an end, Schindler’s factory had been shut down, and he had saved more than 1,000 Jewish people. But Schindler lamented to his accountant and business partner Itzhak Stern that he wished he could have done more.He reached into his pocket and pulled out his pen, he cried, “this pen could have been sold to purchase 10 more”…again he looked at his cuff links and continued weeping, “these could have purchased 20 more, and my car could have been sold to buy 100 more. ” He felt that he didn’t do enough. That he could have done so much more to help so many people.
It’s been said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
I have to admit that there was also a time in my life when I had this same mentality thinking “What can I do? What could I possibly have to offer that anyone would even take notice?” and more specific “how could I possibly make an impact in the life of another human being?”
My friend, I have found that God does His best work through our weaknesses and frailties. Through normal people. Through broken people. Through those that believe that greater is He that is within them than he that is in the world. Through those that choose to believe that with God, all things are possible.
This Christmas season, I pray that each of you would know that there is someone, somewhere, out there – right here that needs you – that needs what you have and needs to know the Jesus inside you.
Yes, there are many who are in need of encouragement this season and they don’t need another Christmas present near as much as they need His Christmas presence.