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Having An Intimate Relationship
3/22/2016

“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 the disciples and Himself, and He uses an illustration of a shepherd and his sheep to illustrate this close relationship. 

The shepherd would have a 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 any 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 the shepherd 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)

I think all too often there are those within the church who look down upon those who stray, rather than going after them in an attempt to see them restored.  Satan is so clever to tempt us to believe that we are somehow better than others who stumble in their walk, but this is not true — we are all in need of God’s grace, and a good shepherd knows this, and he has an eye out for his flock. 

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.  As we do this we will have His heart to keep an eye out on our brothers and sisters in the Lord.

I want to encourage you to think and pray 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to have a personal relationship with Jesus today.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for sending Your Son in love. Jesus, I need You and I desire to have a personal relationship with You today.  Speak to me as I read Your word, and I seek Your face.  In Your precious name I pray…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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