When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” (John 21:15-19 ESV)
We are all familiar with this passage where Jesus restores Peter. Peter denied Jesus 3 times and here Jesus restores Peter by asking him if he loves Him 3 times. Peter was angry because Jesus kept asking, but then realized that he was restored.
All of us want restoration from our sins. We all want to be right with Jesus but follow after our own desires and our own self preservation. We desire the restoration but are we ready for it?
You see as in Peter’s case restoration is more than being in a right relationship with God. Restoration to Jesus is about doing what God is calling us to do and be. It is not about being right with God, but about following and doing what Jesus asked you to do.
So are you ready to be restored?