Do you love me, more than these things?
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15)
If Jesus was all you had, would Jesus be enough for you? Many precious believers are in love with the things of the Lord, but they are not in love with the Lord Himself.
You are called to be with Jesus. That is your calling. That is the primary thing, the highest ministry. Going forth to preach or do anything else is of secondary importance. We should be with Jesus; after that, He might send us forth to preach. But before Jesus said, "Go into all the world" He said, "Be with Me." (Mark 3:14).
The call of the Lord is not more important than the Lord of the call. The work of the Lord must not replace the Lord of the work. No amount of ministering for the Lord will make up for a lack of ministering to the Lord. And knowing the Word of God does not necessarily mean that we know the God of the Word.
Everyone wants to go and do something for God, but few people are willing to stay and do "nothing" for Him. There are many Marthas who are burdened with the work of the Lord, who are busy and laboring for Christ, who are careful and troubled about many things. But there are few Marys who just sit at His feet and hear His Word. Jesus said to Martha that only one thing is needful, and that is what Mary has chosen - just to sit at His feet and listen. What she hears will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42).
If you are dissatisfied and disappointed with your Christian walk today, it is only because of one thing: Jesus is not enough for you. Somewhere along the line, something else became more important than Jesus. Maybe you have become focused on the things about Jesus that are not actually Jesus Himself. There is only one solution. You do not need more of the Lord, because He has already given Himself completely to you already. You just need less of everything else. You need to love Him again "more than these things."
The resurrected Jesus that day on the shore worked another miracle for Peter, causing him to fill his nets with fish nearly sinking his boat. It was also a reenactment. It was Jesus taking Peter back to how they first met. Let Jesus do that for you as well.
Remember. Remember what it was like to hear His Voice, to be so filled with passion and love for Him, that you wanted nothing more than to sit at His feet, and hear His Word. Remember when you were so infatuated with Him that you did not want to do anything else. Remember what it was like to just be with Jesus.
Go back to when Jesus first called you to be with Him. Go back to the time when all you had was Him. Go back to the time before you were building churches, speaking prophetic words, witnessing to the unsaved, pastoring the congregation, teaching the people, leading worship, or involved in ministry. Go back to the time when there was no work, no ministry, no vision, no special calling - except Jesus calling you to be with Him. Remember when you said, "He's all I need!"
You may never know that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have. -Corrie Ten Boom