John 10:3 "He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out."
We have a Lord, a Lord who owns us body and soul. We have a Lord who holds our lives in His hands. Were we His impersonal, unknown subjects, we would have cause to fear. Were He a proud and imperious ruler, well could we tremble.
But we have a Lord who knows us. His wisdom is past our understanding. He knows all things. Most important for us, He knows us. He knows us far better than we know ourselves. He knows each one of us by name.
He knows us as people. Thought we are but dust, He knows us as priceless, immortal souls. Though the star-filled universe makes us like a grain of sand, He knows us as the crown of all creation. Though our sins present us as enemies, rebels filled with the ugly fruits of Satan, yet He knows us as sheep for whom He was willing to die.
He knows who we are and what we are. But most important, He knows us for what we can be in and through His power and love. He knows us for what we will be, by His grace, in the endless reaches of God's eternity. He knows us as children of our heavenly King. He had each one of us personally in mind when He came to redeem us and to make us His very own, when He went to Calvary to purchase us with His own blood.
PRAYER: Jesus, our Lord, keep us ever in Your sight, and lead us to know You better, even as we are known by You. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
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