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. John 21:17
Let’s take a look at the last 3 words of this verse.
Jesus said to feed his sheep. He didn’t say just give them a little taste or just whet their appetite. Jesus wanted his sheep fed. He wanted them nourished. A little snack or whetting of the appetite won’t do.
The sheep belong to Jesus. They do not belong to a man. Those entrusted to care for the sheep need to remember that the sheep belong to someone else.
Sheep are the believers, not unbelievers. The feeding is for the believers. The feeding should not be geared for unbelievers. Jesus wants a meal prepared for his sheep.