My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NIV)
You are not small and insignificant. You are not unheard and forgotten. You are not unworthy and unimportant. You are not invisible and lost in the crowd. You don’t all look the same to me. You are unique. You are one of a kind. There has never been anyone just like you. There will never be someone just the same as you. I made you. I know you by name. I know who you are. I know what you have done and will do. Nothing about you is hidden from me. I know your thoughts before you think them. I know your words before you say them. I know your deeds before you do them. I know you better than you know yourself. This is a little bit scary. Why is that? You are telling me that I have no secrets before you? Yes, that’s right. You know everything there is to know about me? Yes, I know you right down to the number of hairs on your head. This should come as a great comfort to you. Why is that? You tell me. You know everything there is to know about me and yet you still love me. You know everything that I have ever thought, said and done and you still forgive me. You died on the cross as payment for my sins even while I was living as an enemy, hostile towards you. You laid down your life so I could have a new life in you. Yes, I did.
There is more. What do you mean there is more? It is more than enough to know that I have been forgiven of all my sins. It is more than enough to know that I have been given a new life in you for now and forever. It is more than enough for me to know that I am loved and accepted by you. What more could there be? I want you to know me. I want you to know my thoughts. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I didn’t just save you from your sins. I rescued you from a life without me. This is too wonderful to imagine. You who made everything in the entire universe want to know, small and insignificant me, and you also want me to know you? You are not small and insignificant. Yes, I want you to know me. How can I know you? You can listen to me. You can meet with me in my word. You can hear my voice. I will speak to you. I will meet with you. I will listen to you. I would like nothing more than to know you. Knowing you is the desire of my heart.
There is even more. What else could there be? What more could I want or ask for? I will lead you through life. There is no need for you to stumble around in the darkness. As you meet with me I will speak to you. I will show you my will and my ways. I will lead you through life. I will guide your steps as you follow me. Will you listen to my voice and follow me? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, you are my good shepherd. I am one of your sheep. Thank you that I am not insignificant and unnoticed. You know me. Thank you I am not all alone, lost and left to fend for myself. You are with me to help me. You speak to me and lead me through life. Amen
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