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Christ in You, The Hope of Glory

Posted on August 11, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

Colossians 1:27-28

Mystery religions were popular in Paul’s day. Only elite insiders were privy to the secrets of their chosen deities. I liken it to an exclusive club for religious pretenders. And since Paul was talking to a predominantly Gentile group of believers, he spoke in terms they could understand.

The one true God has a gloriously rich mystery which He chose to “make known among the Gentiles.”

In Old Testament times, before Christ’s victory over death, the Holy Spirit occasionally came upon chosen individuals to empower them for God’s specific purposes. At no time had God indwelled all of His followers, and certainly not the Gentiles. The Lord taking up residence in believers was unthinkable, a mystery hidden from the ancients, but revealed in the age of grace.

The God who was once unapproachable except through prayer, whose face could never be looked upon, and whose name was never actually spoken — now inhabited Jesus’ followers. People once considered unholy, unclean, and unrighteous were now cleansed by the shed blood of Jesus and made fitting vessels for the spirit of Christ to reside.

In 1986, I was asked to emcee an appearance by President Ronald Reagan at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. Before I could stand on the stage with the President, I had to be carefully vetted. That meant filling out forms, a background check, and an interview with a secret service agent. Ultimately, the U.S. government was satisfied that I was fit for the task.

Think of what it took for you and me to gain the enormous privilege and honor of a close personal 24/7 relationship with the heavenly Father. Because of sin, we could have never passed the vetting requirements, no matter how hard we tried. Only Jesus’ sacrificial death could satisfy God’s demands.

Christ in you. It is a thought that is so lofty and so amazing that it is difficult to fully comprehend. But because Christ is in us, we have His continual help preparing us for glory.

What does Paul mean by the “hope of glory? In Chapter 3 at verse 4 in Colossians, the Apostle declares: “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

We share glory with Christ (Romans 8:18). If we die before His return, we will be raised in glory (1 Corinthians 15:43). Glory is eternal (2 Timothy 2:10), yet to be revealed (1 Peter 5:1), and when the Chief Shepherd appears we “…will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”  (1 Peter 5:4)

Here in Alabama, we know a lot about winning championships, at least in football. That national championship trophy is something to behold. Our world places a lot of emphasis on winning. And the bigger the prize, the greater the glory. However, the glory is temporary and it fades.

Christians are in line for the greatest prize and glory of all — the  eternal reward won for us by Christ. Nothing can compare with God’s permanent and unfading glory through Jesus. Glory is our inheritance, our future, our eternal home, and our forever state of being with God.

For additional info on this topic, check out this article: Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven?

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September). Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

 

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More than a Great Teacher and Prophet, Jesus is God

Posted on August 6, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

John 10:28-30 NIV

What a Friend We have in Jesus is a great old hymn many of us have sung since we were children. Indeed, Jesus is our friend. John 15:3 reveals the extend of that friendship: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Notice what He said about himself in our focus text. “I and the Father are one.” Jesus is more than a friend, He is God.

I emphasize this point because it is a major truth that is often missed, minimized, or even denied by those who claim to be in the faith. If we say we believe in Jesus, then we must rely upon His claims about himself.

Let’s go back to the beginning of John’s gospel for some valuable insight on the divinity of Christ.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:1-3

Jesus is “the Word,” referenced in verse 1. We know that because John clarified the meaning later in verse 14. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father.”

And since Jesus is “the Word,” He is God who has been since the beginning. Don’t miss the third verse of John. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”  Jesus has always been, and He is the Creator.

So, at Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Christ, it is actually the historical event in which God, who has always been, became flesh and dwelt among us. That’s where we get the doctrinal truth that Jesus is the God-Man. He is fully God and fully man. And He is not half and half as our finite minds might try to rationalize.

Philippians 2:6-8 gives us more insight into how Jesus set aside His deity to become the only acceptable sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.

6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!

This ultimate sacrificial act of humility earned Jesus the highest position and greatest of all names, worthy of all worship. As you will notice in the following text, “every knee” will ultimately acknowledge that “Jesus Christ is Lord.” You and I worship Him as Lord — now and forever. But for those who reject Him, they too will one day bow down in worship. Sadly, their acknowledgement will come in defeat and not in victory.

9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Now that I’ve presented the case for Jesus as God, I want you to think of this amazing fact. God loves us with the greatest love of all. Enough to empty Himself of His deity, become a man, and give His life for His friends.

Jesus is not just a great prophet as some would like you to believe. He wasn’t just a good teacher or the leader of a misguided cult. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:6) He reigns over heaven and earth,  (Matthew 28:18) and He is coming again to reward all who trust in Him.

Make no mistake, Jesus is God. To believe anything less is to remain lost in sin and unsaved.

For more on this topic, check out this article: Jesus Saves and Keeps You Saved

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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When Christ Returns to Take Us Home

Posted on June 25, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:27-28

Today our focus is on the return of Christ. It is a factual future event, although nobody knows when. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)

Biblical scholars like to debate the order of end things; Rapture, Second Coming, Thousand Year Reign, Judgment(s), etc.

Years ago when my oldest son was little, he was invited to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Janet and I were also asked to join the celebration. While the kids played, and the mothers supervised, the fathers sat at the table and tried to talk over the noise. That’s when I was accosted with the strangest conversation starter — ever. “Are you a dispensationalist and what is your position on the end time?

Now, I had only been attending Southeastern Bible College for a short time and had no idea how to answer his question. So I nodded my head and smiled as if carefully considering my answer. Just as I was about to say, “I think I heard my wife calling me,” he proudly announced he was an Amillennialist, which rejects the view that Jesus will have a literal thousand year reign as addressed in Revelation Chapter 20.

Eventually, my studies at Southeastern Bible College and Samford University introduced me to that concept and other views of how God will wrap up things on this earth and establish His forever plan for believers in heaven with Him.

Premillennialists hold that the thousand year reign will be preceded by the Second Coming. The Postmillennial camp expects the Millennial Reign of Christ to precede the Second Coming.

In fact, there are so many views about how the end will come together it can make your head spin. So I’m not going to deal with theory. I don’t mean to suggest it isn’t important, but The Forever Notebook is a devotional, and I want us to keep our eye on the prize. Keep the main thing the main thing. Jesus is coming again.

Like it says in our focus text: “… he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:28)

Jesus’ first coming was to bear our sin, to die in our stead, and pay the penalty we deserve. His second earthly appearance will be to bring our salvation.

Consider the experience of the first disciples, heartbroken over the brutal execution of the One they had believed would save them. Then to learn He was alive, victorious over death. How amazing that must have been. Wouldn’t it have been exciting to have been there?

Acts 1 beautifully captures that breathtaking moment when Jesus ascended into heaven.

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11

As astounding as that sight of Jesus’ ascent must have been, His return will be even more breathtaking.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

I’ll close today’s devotion with these words from our Savior.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Revelation 22:20

For more on this topic, check out this article: Heaven is a Choice and Not Mandatory

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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What is Required of Those Who Follow Christ

Posted on June 5, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Mark 8:34

There’s an old hymn called I Surrender All, which is what Jesus meant when He said His followers must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Him.

When I was young, I called myself a Christian, but I never thought of myself as a disciple. I figured that disciples were Jesus’ earliest followers. And I never thought Christianity  required giving up anything.

Well, as was the case with many of my early notions about Christianity, I was wrong. Disciples are for today and there is self-denial involved in following Christ.

I learned that calling yourself a Christian does not mean you ARE a Christian. I also discovered that Christianity is not handed down or inherited from our parents. The Weirich family surname was a given. Their Christian faith was not. That’s a choice only I could make.

There’s more to becoming a Christian than just believing. “Even the demons believe…” (James 2:18) James made that statement in the context of works that give evidence of faith. Those works are the self-denial and taking up the cross to which Jesus refers.

To be a Christian is to be surrendered and committed to Christ, believing not only in Him but willingly following His guidance for life, which comes through His word and the indwelling Holy Spirit. It’s not a part-time job for extra Brownie points with God, but a full-time commitment to live for the One who saved you.

So what does it mean to deny self? Self-denial is an act of love. The greatest example of self-denial is Christ giving His life for us. His motivation was love. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

It took marriage and having children for me to understand the power of love in acts of self-denial. Those feelings of self-denial rooted in the power of love can lead to a willingness to trade places with a suffering child. Have you ever heard a mother say, “I would trade places with her if I could,” in reference to her sick child. I believe people who make those statements are just saying it because it sounds good, but it’s something they sincerely mean.

I recall hearing a father whose son had died in a wreck say, “Oh, if God had only taken me instead of him.”

Self-denial for Christ is not an overwhelming burden for followers of Christ. These are acts of love we give for the head of our forever family.

Any pursuit in life that is worthwhile requires commitment and sacrifice. No telling how many hours I spent in the practice room trying to master the trombone. But I didn’t hate the sacrifice because I loved playing the instrument and wanted to be the best I could be.

Our passions in life drive us, through pain and sacrifice, toward something better. All the more for Christ as we serve Him. He is, after all, worthy of our best.

Have you ever considered why they call plays depicting the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, Passion Plays? His passion is us — and proven in His act of sacrificial love.

So when Christ said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me,” He wasn’t asking us to do anything He wasn’t prepared to do for us.

Saving faith isn’t just believing. It’s believing with surrender to the person and the will of Christ.

For more on this topic, check out this article: With Christian Freedom Comes Responsibility

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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What Jesus Can Do for You

Posted on April 23, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Luke 18:35-43

I’m a retired Southern Baptist pastor. Grew up in the Lutheran Church. Somewhere in between I became a Presbyterian. I attended ultra-conservative Southeastern Bible College and then slightly less conservative Samford University. Oh yeah. I can’t forget about the influence of a boatload of TV and radio preachers.

All those influences have shaped my view of the Bible and God. Well, I have to throw in personal experience. A long life relationship with God has been arguably my best teacher.

Along the way, I discovered that the Baptists think they’re right. So do the Lutherans. Yep, Presbyterians, too. I suppose we all have a tendency to think our way is the right way… the only way to interpret theology.

Sound doctrine is vitally important, but not so much as to place religion over relationship.

In our focus text from Luke’s gospel, Jesus was on the road to Jericho and accompanied by a crowd of followers. A blind man sitting on the roadside called out to Jesus, but he was rebuked by the leaders of the procession. Essentially, they told him to “shut-up!” The blind man paid them no mind, called out louder.

Why did the followers of Jesus order the man to be quiet? We’re not told. Maybe it was his unorthodox approach or his appearance. Possibly they objected to the manner in which he screamed his request. More likely, they were listening for what Jesus had to say. He taught as He walked.

Fortunately for that man, Jesus wanted to hear what he had to say. I love the question Jesus asked. “What do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus didn’t ask the man for his doctrinal position, denominational affiliation, or his opinion on existentialism. The man had already exhibited all Jesus needed to know. He had FAITH.

“Lord, I want to see.”

“Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”

Of course, you know the rest of the story. The man was healed and praised the Lord.

Admittedly, I am shy and I don’t like to ask anybody for anything, that is, except for one Person. Jesus, the one who asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”

I just don’t like to bother or impose upon people. I guess I figure they might be like the leaders of the procession who told the blind man to shut up. Over and over again, God tells us to “come to Him.” He wants us to bear our hearts and unload our burdens on Him.

Way back in high school, I attended District Band in Winchester, Virginia. The weekend event required us to stay in homes of local volunteers. For supper my first night there, my host prepared Tuna Casserole. She served it with a generous offer, “I made plenty. You can have all you want.” Now, that tuna dish was one of the most amazing things I had ever eaten. Oh, how I wanted another serving. But — I just couldn’t bring myself to ask for more. I didn’t want to be a bother, even though she had made the generous offer.

Allow nothing to stand in the way of taking advantage of Jesus’ generous offer to come to Him. Not religion or the opinions of naysayers who dismiss a close personal relationship with Jesus as foolishness. Not your own personality quirks. Nothing.

You believe that He is — and can and WILL do what He has promised. Then go to Him and make your requests.  He’s waiting and listening.

Jesus wants to know, “What do you want me to do for you?”

For more on this topic, check out this article: God’s Super Deluxe Bundle of Blessings

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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Turn Your Eyes Upon the Lord Jesus

Posted on April 22, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”  But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Psalm 3:2-6

Did you ever wonder what it was like to have everybody turn against you? Well, not everybody. It just feels that way.

Once when I was a pastor, there was something going on in the church that was terribly wrong. It involved a popular member of the ministerial staff. If I revealed the truth, I would be in for a battle and would bring the wrath of many of his devoted supporters upon me. But it was the right thing to do.

Fortunately, the lay leadership in the church stood with me, but the incident divided the church. As a result, my spirit was crushed, and the ministry declined.

Psalm 3 speaks to that feeling, when people have turned on you, including those you thought were your friends.

Absalom, one of King David’s sons was heir to his father’s throne. His life was far from the model of one worthy of Israel’s throne, and David had been prophetically counseled that his son, Solomon, was to be his successor. Absalom led a revolt, and rather than fighting his son, David fled Jerusalem.

Psalm 3 then expresses the heartfelt thoughts of the aging King as he was pursued by his son.

David references his detractors in verse 2. “Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’” (v2)

Absalom’s followers reasoned that since they had turned on David, so had God. “God will not deliver him.” Unfortunately, they weren’t getting their direction from God. They followed the crowd, let someone else do their thinking for them, and probably didn’t have all the facts. How sad they wouldn’t give their longtime leader the benefit of the doubt.

However, it wasn’t David who barred Absalom from the throne. It was God. God is on the side of His obedient people and David knew that.

Being right isn’t always popular. Following God doesn’t always win friends. But we should never forget that God doesn’t abandon us in those LOW times. He’s with us in the valley just as He is on the mountaintop.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

King David’s reaction to the uprising against him teaches a valuable lesson about how faith and an abiding relationship with God benefits us when we are overwhelmed by our circumstances. David’s focus during his trial was on God and not on the crisis.

Instead of being consumed by your troubles, think about God, who He is, what He’s already done for you, and cling to His promises. Every time a painful thought enters your mind, give it to Him. Like the song says, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.

I’ll close with the refrain from that great old hymn.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

For more on this topic, check out this article: Grace and Mercy for Your Time of Need

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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Jesus’ Reliable Promise to Give Rest for the Weary

Posted on December 28, 2017 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Can you think of a time in your life when you were worry free? I can only remember one short period with no major concerns. That was in the late 1970s when I took what I thought was my dream job in Tampa, Florida. But I soon discovered that with greater income came a heavier weight of responsibility.

Life’s burdens sometimes take us to the breaking point causing us to think we can’t go on. Our minds become overloaded with complex problems and painful circumstances over which we have no control.

Those burdens produce extreme fatigue, inability to think clearly, and physical sickness. Unfortunately, this is where some of us turn to destructive remedies like drugs, alcohol, or suicide.

For whatever reason, even the Christian community looks for relief from sources other than those prescribed by God. But why? Is it because we don’t really buy into Biblical instruction? Or possibly it’s because the problem is too great to WAIT on the Lord.

Jesus said, “Come to me.” Then He promises, “I will give you rest.” The apostle Paul refers to this as “the peace that passes all understanding.”

Yes, it’s true Jesus’ promise refers to His offer of eternal life. But we don’t have to wait for the afterlife to experience the Lord’s rest. It’s available now.

I’ve shared the following story before, and every time I tell it, I receive feedback from others who tell me it has encouraged them. Hopefully it will be a blessing to you.

Several years ago, I hit a series of painful vocational setbacks. In the midst of the difficulties came the news my wife had cancer.

When the doctor pronounced her diagnosis, we were confronted with some frightening possibilities. For the next year she would undergo many tests, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Her future well-being and survival were uncertain.

The following day at work, I was distracted by anxiety. Needed to be alone to think and pray. So I left the building and went for a drive with no destination in mind.

Overwhelmed with emotion, I pulled into the parking lot of a small shopping mall. Parked the car and wept. And then I called out to God. There was no eloquence in my speech. I literally cried out to Him to help us and heal Janet.

Within minutes calm came over me, a comforting sense everything would be all right.

From that day forward, my anxiety turned to healthy concern. Meanwhile, Janet experienced that same peace, and for the year that followed we were confident God had everything under control.

About midway through her treatment, I landed in the hospital with a gall bladder attack. During the x-ray procedure a suspicious lump was discovered in my esophagus. Tests confirmed, “cancer off the charts.”

But, I didn’t worry. Believed God would take care of us. And He did. A year after her diagnosis, Janet was declared cancer free. Soon after, I too was given the green light.

Then came a few more bumps in the road. I was fired from my job of 7 years. The following day, Janet was involved in an accident that totaled our car. Thank the Lord, she wasn’t hurt. Next day, our house caught on fire. Fortunately, damage was confined to a bathroom.

Ten years have passed since our year of trials in 2007. Climbing out of that pit of adversity wasn’t pleasant or easy. But we survived, came out better than before.

God is real and completely reliable. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Yes, the Bible tells me so. But personal experience confirms it.

Take your burdens to him. As the old preachers used to say, “Let go, and let God!” At the instant you begin to feel anxiety in the pit of your stomach — use that as your cue to turn to Jesus. Pour out your heart to Him and then turn the problem over to Him. Ask Him to give you the rest He has promised.

When you are weary and burdened take Jesus at His word. “Come to him.” He “will give you rest.”

For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Manage Anxiety

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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That is Just Like the Good Shepherd

Posted on December 6, 2017 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

“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

My wife and I were shopping a few days ago, and I watched as she examined an item.

“You really want to buy that don’t you?” I asked. “You like it a lot. But you hate to spend the money.”

How did I know what she was thinking? I can read her body language and the expression on her face. Even if she doesn’t say a word, most often I know what she’s thinking. No, I’m not a mind reader. I’ve just been married to this wonderful lady for 46 years. I have learned to read her like a book. The reverse is also true. She knows me better than anybody.

She knows what I need before I ask for it; what I like and don’t like; how I will respond in any given situation. Frequently she will say something to which I’ll respond, “I was thinking the same thing.” And sometimes we say the same thing at the same time.

A close personal bond produces intimate knowledge of typical behavior and thinking. It is the kind of relationship that Jesus promises to have with His followers. He says, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”

He expands on the quality of this bond by equating it to the relationship that exists between Him and His Heavenly Father. “Just as the Father knows me …. I know the Father.”

At the beginning of today’s focus text, Jesus declares He is “the good shepherd.” As the Good Shepherd, He leads, protects, and supplies your needs. He wants and seeks the best for you. In fact, He is so committed to a close personal relationship, He gave His life for you. “…and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Knowledge of another does not always lead to a stronger relationship. Often times it has the opposite effect when we see only faults and failures. Fortunately, Jesus sees beyond those negative qualities and loves us despite ourselves.

The Good Shepherd knows where you are prone to sin, and He knows when you will give into it. But regardless of failures on your side of the relationship, He always remains faithful to you.

One of my favorite movies is The Notebook. The movie magnificently portrays the beauty of growing old together. Even after Annie had lost all memory of her husband, Noah still continued to love her with remarkable patience and caring. There was a bond between the two of them that transcended the norm of human relationships. When a union grows in mutual knowledge, it produces an incredible bond.

As you grow older in your faith relationship with Christ, you will learn how precious it is to know Him, and how wonderful it is to know He knows you.

You are close enough to at least a few people to have a good idea of how they will act in a particular situation. Ever catch yourself saying, “Isn’t that just like her?” My prayer for you is that you will come to really know Jesus. So much so you will often say, “Isn’t that just like Him?”

For more on this topic, check out this article: The More You Learn About Jesus the Better He Gets

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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