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The Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father- and I lay down my life for the sheep. - John 10:14-15 (NIV)

Many months ago, I shared this piece from author Bonnie Gray (below) on Facebook, but I’ve never shared it here. It is a beautiful picture of Jesus’ love for us and a beautiful picture of our identity in Him. It comes to mind often for me, so I wanted to share it here…



HIs sandals are dry and dusty. He has been looking for a very long time. He is anxious. He is desperately searching for the face of one who was missing when he counted ninety-nine.


He remembers the freckle on the pink near her nose. He knows she must be tired. Thirsty. Fallen in a ravine. Hungry and scared. Alone.


He says she is worth leaving the ninety-nine for. Because she isn’t an investment to him; he isn’t looking for a ROI (Return On Investment). He loves her. She is his.


She is worth leaving everything for. He leaves happiness, comfort, and safety. He risks it all.


You know who he is.


This is the story of the Good Shepherd. He is Jesus. And he’s left it all to find us.


You. Me. Jesus pours oil on our wounds. Brings water to our parched lips.


Jesus puts us on his shoulders and carries us back home. Because he knows our names; he calls us “mine.” 
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Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
- Isaiah 43:1b-3 (NIV)

Jesus left everything and came down to earth to save us, because we desperately needed saving. And because he loves us so much. He doesn’t love us for anything we have done. He loves us simply for who we are - created by Him, adopted by Him, and included in His family forever (Ephesians 1).

Do you feel lost today? Unnoticed? Unpursued?

I encourage you to stop, turn around, and take another look. I promise you you’ll see the Good Shepherd headed straight toward you!

I know someone needed to hear that today. I’m praying for you.


Source:
“Finding Spiritual Whitespace,” by Bonnie Gray. Published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group; 2014. Grand Rapids, MI, pg. 211.

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