When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15
The Word of God issues two remarkable related instructions concerning the feeding of the flock of Christ. The first one (above) basically states that Shepherds’ devotion to Christ is measured by their commitment to feed the flock of Christ! That means when Pastors feed the saints with the word of God, Jesus interprets it as love towards Him.
On the other hand, the related instruction urges the flock of Christ to desire the sincere milk of the Word in order to grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). The next verse says this craving for the Word of God is necessary after tasting the goodness of the Lord. Sadly, too many believers are way too satisfied with just TASTING, but care less for serious FEEDING! Let us change that today beloveds.
Sometimes I have wondered (like many fellow ministers I’m sure) whether it’s all worth it to bring a fresh word for the saints everyday. But the Lord corrected me through John 21:15. Now I know I should continue to feed the flock of Christ, not necessarily because of their expressed appetite, but because of my love for the Lord of the flock (Jesus). That’s my responsibility.
But your responsibility is to desire the spiritual food Jesus avails through His servants. Don’t let your appetite for God’s word deteriorate. Don’t be casual about your spiritual nourishment.
What happens when Shepherds passionate to feed the flock meet sheep with a voracious appetite for the word of God? Phenomenal personal and corporate growth happens! That was one of the least known secrets of the Early Church. The Apostles were passionate to teach the saints while the saints were passionate to learn. Let us emulate their example!