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An Intimate Relationship
4/4/2013

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matt. 7:21-23 (NKJV)

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own” (John 10:14).  By saying He knows His sheep, and is known by them, Jesus was referring to a close relationship here between His disciples and Himself, and He uses an illustration of a Shepherd and his sheep to illustrate this close relationship. 

The shepherd would have this tunic on with a leather cord belt at his waist, and he would have a few items attached to his belt for use in his job. He would usually have a sling for fending off potential attacking animals, or he could use it to fire a stone right in front of the straying sheep to get it to change its direction of travel.  But if the sheep would stray, He would leave the flock and go get it.  We see Jesus giving a parable of this same principle with regard to Him coming after us when we stray in our Christian walk.

For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?  And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Matt. 18:12-13 (NKJV)

Now, if the sheep would continue to stray, the shepherd would have this club attached to his belt as well, and he would use this to break the sheep’s legs—It was called hobbling, and would be used to restrict the sheep from leaving.  And the shepherd would then carry the injured animal upon his shoulders, and he would lovingly tend to its needs.  The sheep would see how much the shepherd loved it, and it would never leave again.   And so this is a picture of how God loves us. 

Here’s the deal—Jesus—The Good Shepherd—loves us, and He will do whatever is necessary to keep us safe.  We should find our confidence and peace in His love, and it should draw us closer to have an intimate relationship with Him.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon this truth today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with regard to Jesus’ love, and our need to have a relationship with Him?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to have a personal relationship with Jesus today.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for sending Your Son in love.  Jesus, we need You and we desire to have a personal relationship with You today.  Speak to us as we read Your word, and as we seek Your face.  In Your precious name we pray…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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