Apostle Grace Lubega
John 21:15 (KJV); 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.
The deepest expression of love that a minister of the gospel can give to his followers is the Word of God.
Love is not best expressed through phone calls, visits to homes or answering text messages. While it is important to provide emotional and financial support to members of the church as and when the need arises, to mourn with them when they are grieved, to follow them up when they miss church, these are not the ultimate expression of love.
When a minister avails himself to God, breaks his body and diligently studies the Word so that he can hear what the Lord wants to minister to your spirit, that is love.
When his spirit is open to the Lord to provide rhema and speak words in season, that is love.
Jesus in our theme scripture tells Peter, ‘feed my lambs.’ He did not mean that Peter was to feed them on fish and bread. He meant the Word.
As a believer who seeks to mature in the things of God, understand that transition to true sonship in the ministry happens when you start to value your growth in God through His Word above a personal relationship with a man or woman of God.
FURTHER STUDY: Colossians 3:16, Proverbs 15:23
GOLDEN NUGGET: The deepest expression of love that a minister of the gospel can give to his followers is the Word of God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the priceless gift of Your Word. The Bible says that You sent Your Word and healed. I treasure it above all else because in it are the patterns for living. I do not take what is spoken on the altar as the words of mere men but as Your Word and as I do, I grow and mature in the things of the Spirit, in Jesus’ name, Amen.