July 22, 2021

The Shepherd’s Voice


“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,”

John 10:14 NLT


The Good Shepherd knows His sheep. That word translated as “know” from Greek is the strongest word for knowing someone in the Greek language. It is not a casual knowing or even knowing about someone. It is the Greek word used when a man knows a woman and a child is born. There is an intimate connection that produces life.

Jesus says He knows His sheep. He knows us intimately. He knows our dreams, doubts, insecurities, imperfections, failures, and fears. After knowing everything about us, He still loves us.

And Jesus wants us to know Him intimately as well, not just to know about Him but to actually know Him.

I can say that I know Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and George Bush. What I mean is that I know about them—but I have never spoken to them personally. I don’t know them personally or intimately.

A lot of people claim to know Jesus when they only know about Him. They haven’t taken the time on a regular basis to really know Jesus. It takes time to get to know someone.

Jesus wants to visit with us every day—not just when we attend a worship service or our small group. He wants to visit with us through His Word and through prayer.


Holy Spirit, help me to discipline myself to daily spend time with Jesus. Help me to listen and learn from You.

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