Living Life God's Way 6/30/2004; Do You Know The Good Shepherd?
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God's heart is the most sensitive and tender of all.
No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small.
Richard J Foster
Do You Know The Good Shepherd?
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me."
Years ago there was a great actor who graced the theatres reciting
popular literary passages. In one of his performances an old man in the
audience asked him to recite the 23rd Psalm, which the actor did. When
he was done the audience gave him a resounding ovation.
Unexpectedly, the actor then asked the old man to recite the same
passage. The old man was hesitant, but the audience loved the idea and
cheered the old man on. B+Nervously and humbly the old man came onto the
stage and recited the psalm. At the end of the delivery, however, the
only sound in the theatre was sobs from the audience. The actor, wiping
tears from his own eyes, then told the audience, "I may know the 23rd
Psalm, but this man truly knows the Shepherd."
How about you? Chances are that you know Psalm 23, but do you know
the Shepherd? Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11). Do you know Jesus, the
To know the good Shepherd means, first of all, that you recognize
the Shepherd as your Lord and Savior. It means to recognize Jesus as the
Son of God, the Way, the Truth, and the Life - for you!
Second, to know the Shepherd means to know that he is indeed good.
This is the Shepherd that will lead you beside still waters and revive
your soul. This the Shepherd who loves you so much, that he has laid
down his life for you on the cross.
Finally, to know the Shepherd means that you recognize his voice.
You recognize his voice of truth in the Scriptures. You hear his voice
through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life. And not only do
you recognize his voice, but you follow and obey it as well.
Do you know the Shepherd? Jesus, the good Shepherd, knows you, and
he wants to lead you through this life and into the next.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the idea of being a sheep doesn't thrill me, but if
I'm honest with myself, I have to admit that I am defenseless, easily
lost, and in need of daily guidance. Help me to better recognize your
voice and follow where you lead. Amen.
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