When the Savior asked Peter his apostle this question: "Lovest thou me more than these?" (John 21:15). He wasn't curious about whether or not he was popular or even anxious to know if Peter really liked him. He did want Peter to examine himself and determine which way he faced. Peter's livelihood and in all probabilities the one activity that he really loved was fishing. Now the Savior is asking Peter to evaluate his love, his loyalty, his commitment to God by saying in essence, "Which way are you facing Peter — God or man?"
Perhaps one of the sure tests of our love for God is deciding what is more important to us in this life, things of the world, or the things of God. When given the opportunity of getting up early on a morning that you could sleep in a little, to either attend the temple or go fishing, would you jump at the chance for one and not the other? Do you inwardly complain about an assignment to serve but can hardly wait to play basketball?
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