Title: DO YOU LOVE ME?
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 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 21:15-17
In my place of worship and prayer, I felt drawn within my spirit to just worship the Father. I do worship a lot, but this time was different. It was like a desire of love mixed with it. Now I was longing for this Person of God. I wasn’t conscious of any need in my life. I wasn’t even conscious of my day ahead of me which I should be praying about. I felt enveloped by this “atmosphere”. Here, as I was pulled deeper, Phil Thompson’s “My Worship” was echoing deep within me and I flowed with it, playing it in the background. There is no definition to this intense feeling of love I experienced in the presence of my Father. I long for it now more than ever. About any other need, they are settled, I know that. He wanted me.
But, as I worshipped, because of the feeling of love I was experiencing, I wanted to give more. I kept being drawn to obedience and how I could be a better representative of my Lord upon the Earth. It was like asking, “Lord, what can I do for you seeing you love me so?” What can I do? There was a lot actually to do that I know I can not do them even if I have 9 lives. But I learnt something.
You see all these struggles we keep having about obedience, guiltiness, fellowship, ministry, convictions or doubts, whether or not we’re ready for rapture or not, serving the Lord, forgiveness, revival, we can find answers in the atmosphere of encounter with God’s presence and love. We can actually catch the fire when we encounter God’s love in the place of intimacy. Believe me, no one will cajole you to serve God when you encounter this atmosphere and your eyes opens (even if it’s a little) to His love.
Jesus asked Peter the same question I believe He is asking many of us today, “Do you love me?” This love for God has a way of pulling you to want to give to God. The more you love, the more you want to do for the one you love. The more you love the more you want to worship deeper. The more you love the more you want to give. And the greatest worship we can give God is our service of love to Him, Him. And the greatest service we can give is ourselves to Him as the sacrifice -Rom. 12:1
God wants me and you for Himself. The ultimate achievement of love is totality of commitment, that is, where I have given myself and everything I own to the one I love. This is love’s greatest achievement. That I have no reserve but I’ve given everything (represented by the giving of myself) – John 10:11, 15:13
The beginning of love is shown when gifts are showered. But, giving gifts is not the highest display of love. Good, but not the highest. But when you come to the point where you can lay your life down for the thing you love, then you have love for it. You can give anything for such a thing. Jesus asks you this question today, “Do you love me? How much can you give for my sake? How much pain can you endure for my sake? How much hurts can you take for my sake? Can you forgive a serious offence for my sake?”
Don’t be in a haste to answer that question. I can’t boldly say that I love Him to the full even though I know I love the Lord. But I have made a commitment to grow in this love through the knowledge of God. That knowledge that comes through spending time with Him. That knowledge that comes through intercourse with Him like a husband and wife. You know this fellowship between couples strengthen the bond between the man and his wife. Likewise, intimate personal fellowship will affect and deepen my love and commitment to the Lord. It will break my pride. It will break my selfishness. It will break worldliness. It will break carnality and deepen my spirit walk. So much is in the place of fellowshipping with Love. In this intercourse, I’ll know Him and His face (glory) will shine on me causing me to walk in the power Daniel talked about (Dan. 11:32b).
I urge you today to put God first. Whatever doesn’t add to your spirit takes away from it. TV shows, music, friends, attitude, time spent upon other things, money, career, etc. I encourage you to screen yourself today. This is not about being qualified for heaven or not. It’s not about being a blessing to others. You will naturally do exploits if you pursue God with all your heart. Don’t forget that relationship with God (our true worship to Him) is the only thing we will continue to do for all eternity. It’s not singing. It’s worship.
It’s about giving all of you to God. What part of your life are you holding back from God today? The Lord is calling you to Himself until all of you is consumed by Him. Find time and shut yourself in just to be with this Loving Father of ours. Don’t ask for anything, just ask for Him. Don’t ask for any need, just Him. Make it a habit. Your needs will be met but they won’t be your pursuit anymore. You will find steady and complete satisfaction knowing you are “seeing” God.
Again I ask, “Do you love Jesus? “