“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:14
I am a Children’s Minister. In the Children’s Ministry at my church I have many wonderful volunteers. These men and women invest in the lives of these kids each week, helping the kids at our church come to know Jesus and what He did for us. They are committed to sharing God’s Word with our young people.
One of the things I share with my volunteers is the importance of building a relationship with the kids in their classes. I want them to really get to know their kids. First, know their names. Every person loves to hear their name (well, except maybe when they are in trouble), but when we go to church or to school or to work, we want others to know who we are and know us by our name. Hearing someone call us by name helps us feel loved, cared for, and important.
Second, you can build a relationship with someone by knowing things about them. For kids that can include knowing their family, pets, sports they play, foods they like, music they listen to, and other things. You find out a lot about a child when you open up the floor for discussion and when you ask for prayer requests. When you know things about them you can ask them about their games, how their grandmother is doing, how their pet is doing, and so much more. Kids love to be known by others. And adults love to be known by others, too.
In the tenth chapter of John, Jesus describes himself as the good shepherd. He is the shepherd and we are the sheep. A shepherd leads his flock and cares for each one of his sheep. If one goes missing, he goes and searches for it till he finds it. A good shepherd protects his sheep from wild animals or anything that can harm them. A good shepherd knows his sheep. Jesus says, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:14). He doesn’t just know some of us. He knows all of us. Every single one of His children, He knows.
God promises that He knows us. He not only calls us by name (Isaiah 43:1), but He knows every detail about us. He knows how many number of hairs are on our head (Luke 12:7). He knows what we need before we even ask (Matthew 6:8). Psalm 139 tells us more about what God knows about us:
“Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. Lord, even before I say a word,
you already know it.” Psalm 139:1-4
Isn’t that amazing? We are known by God. We aren’t just a number on a list. We aren’t someone who gets forgotten. No, we are His sheep and He knows us! This makes me feel so special and very much loved. Even when others around me do not know me, God does. I take great comfort in the fact that I am known by God.
Just this morning I received a Bible verse from the Lord. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I had been praying and God led me to a verse. It was perfect. God knew what I was struggling with. And because He knows me, He gave me the exact verse I needed. Only God truly knows us. And because He promises to know us, He will always, always, always, give us the words, the comfort, and the love that we need. All. The. Time.
Are you feeling alone? Like no one knows who you are? Like no one cares about you? I pray you will find comfort and peace in these words from John 10 and Psalm 139. They will brighten your soul and give you the joy you need for each and every day.
Prayer: All knowing God, thank You for loving us so much that You know everything about us. Help us to seek You all the time. Allow us to hear Your voice and listen when you call our name. Thank You for all that you do for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Why do you like being known by others?
- What do you think about being known by God? How does this make you feel?
- Take time to get to know someone. What can you do for someone today to help them feel loved?