John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Self-worth and self-esteem.
Words that are used to estimate our value or worth to ourselves and to others. I find it humorous that Jesus likens the children of God to sheep.
Sheep are dumb.
They are followers to the extreme. If one sheep would wander and begin to walk toward a cliff, others in the flock would follow. If that sheep plunged to its death, the others would follow. It makes no sense, nor is it a desirable trait for us to embrace.
Yet, to the Father, we are as sheep.
When we can see ourselves as our Father does, we can understand His commands and take our place more readily. Yet, the promise contained within this description is a jewel, to be sure!
As His sheep, we are given eternal life. Not a life dependent on our behavior or obedience, but upon the faith, we place in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Once we receive the free gift of salvation, we are given the promise of eternal life, and, as Jesus states, we will NEVER perish.
If that were not enough, He further tells us that no man has the power or authority to pluck us out of the Father’s hand once placed there. That includes any ability we may think we possess in this situation.
Some religions have taught that one who first believes can lose the gift of God based upon their behavior. There are so many reasons why this cannot be true, the least of which is that it would make God a liar.
His promise is ETERNAL life. That means everlasting – forever. If it would or could end because of my behavior, what sacrifice would be needed to re-save me? Would Jesus have to go to the cross again to be crucified afresh?
This author has stated on many occasions the believer’s eternal security, and we need not debate that here.
What did strike me about today’s passage is the tears that flowed and the tenderness of my heart whenever I read these verses.
To think that the Creator of the universe KNOWS me is more than my heart can take in. It is not that he knows about me; He KNOWS me.
He knows the number of hairs on my head – seemingly ever-decreasing, by the way!
Matthew 10:30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
He knows my thoughts afar off.
Isaiah 66:18 “For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.”
Matthew 9:4 “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?”
He knew me before I was formed in the womb.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
The very thought of being known of God brings me to my knees. I am humbled that I am worthy of His notice, let alone His love! The fact that my Savior loved me enough to go to Calvary for me causes me to lift my voice in praise and my heart to sing!
So, to be known as a sheep by my Creator is not a bad thing.
For all that has been done for me, I can submit myself to be the best sheep I can be for my God.