August 19 | John 10:11, 14, 27-28
“I am the good shepherd. The good Shepherd is laying down his life for the sheep.…I am the good shepherd and I know my own and my own know me.…My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they will never perish forever, and no one will seize them out of my hand.” (John 10:11, 14, 27–28)
It’s amazing how animals we take care of recognize us and respond to us differently than others. Our dog goes nuts when he sees any of us. I’ve noticed that even farmers with animals have similar reactions.
When Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd He speaks of the personal relationship he shares with his disciples. Shepherds in the Bible were willing to put themselves into danger to protect their sheep.
Unlike the hired hand, the sheep recognized the shepherd’s voice. The shepherd went to great lengths to protect them and they understood he cared for them. Shepherds faced bears, lions, and anything else that wanted to harm the sheep.
Jesus is not far away but near to you. He suffered brutal beating, whipping, and was murdered on a Cross for you. He put his life on the line and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus hears you when you pray to Him.
Jesus is the Friend who sticks closer than a brother to you. He knows you better than you know yourself. Jesus willingly laid down his life for you. He made it possible for you to have eternal life and be raised from the dead.
Action Step: Listen to Jesus’ voice. You know His voice. Don’t listen to any other voices.
Jesus, teach me to hear Your voice above the noise. I will follow You wherever You lead me. You gave Your life for me and I offer my life to You. Take it, mold it, and use it However You wish.