“Do you love me more than these” ?
I had a dream last night where Jesus asked me this question, ” do you love me more than these”,? In the next part of the dream I was feeding sheep from my hand and the sheep were biting my fingers and it hurt. I do not recall any of them drawing blood but it still hurt a lot. So what the dream tells me is that love for Jesus should be the motivation for feeding His sheep. I am not sure whether the sheep were biting me because they had not been fed in a very long time and were starving for food or there was some viciousness there, though I did not sense that in my dream. It very well could have been a little of both. What this dream says to me also is that a hireling feeds the sheep for the money but cares little about the sheep; he’s in it for the money. Paul says the following about such people :
Whoever teaches false doctrine and doesn’t agree with the accurate words of our Lord Jesus Christ and godly teachings is a conceited person. He shows that he doesn’t understand anything. Rather, he has an unhealthy desire to argue and quarrel about words. This produces jealousy, rivalry, cursing, suspicion, and conflict between people whose corrupt minds have been robbed of the truth. They think that a godly life is a way to make a profit. (1Ti 6:3-5)
The two things that stood out to me in this dream were the words of the Lord asking me if I loved Him more than these and the sheep biting. The bites hurt and they were biting the very hands that were feeding them.