"I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own."
Situation in John 10:1-42
The analogy of the Good Shepherd describes Jesus' role perfectly. Unlike a hired worker, Jesus, through love and affection, offered to lay down His life for His flock. Believers trust and know Him.
Christ is our faithful shepherd. Put your trust in Him. He wants to give you life to the fullest!
When I see a flock of sheep, I see exactly that, a flock. A rabble of wool. A herd of hooves. I don't see a sheep. I see sheep. All alike. None different. That's what I see.
But not so with the shepherd. To him, every sheep is different. Every face is special. Every face has a story. And every sheep has a name.The one with the sad eyes, that's Droopy. And the fellow with one ear up and the other down, I call him Oscar. And the small one with the black patch on his leg, he's an orphan with no brothers. I call him Joseph.
The shepherd knows his sheep. He calls them by name.
When we see a crowd, we see exactly that, a crowd. Filling a stadium or flooding a mall. When we see a crowd, we see people, not persons, but people. A herd of humans. A flock of faces. That's what we see.
But not so with the Shepherd. To Him, every face is different. Every face is a story. Every face is a child. Every child has a name. The one with the sad eyes, that's Sally. The old fellow with one eyebrow up and the other down, Harry's his name. And the young one with the limp? He's an orphan with no brothers. I call him Joey.
The Shepherd knows His sheep. He knows each one by name. The Shepherd knows you. He knows your name. And He will never forget it. I have written your name on my hand (Isaiah 49:16).
Quite a thought, isn't it? Your name on God's hand. Your name on God's lips. Maybe you've seen your name in some special places. On an award or diploma or walnut door. Or maybe you've heard your name from some important people--a coach, a celebrity, a teacher. But to think that your name is on God's hand, on God's lips . . . my, could it be?
Christmas answers, "It not only could be. It's true!"
(Adapted from When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado)
Jesus came to give you a life of joy, peace, and fulfillment. Meditate on the fact that He knows you by name, and that you are unique and special to Him.