John 10:14-16 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.English Standard Version
Jesus is not just a shepherd of the sheep, but he is a good shepherd. A good shepherd knows each one in the herd individually and tends to specific needs. Aware of dangers, the sheep are protected and guided for their safety. Their life matters, and it is a good shepherd that tends to them with love and deep care for their well-being.
“I know my own, and my own know me.”
For me, this was endgame. In a life bombarded with abuse and shame, guilt, and pain, I carried little hope that I mattered. I felt like a throwaway. What good could be in me? A mentally ill beat up soul with no purpose or value.
To know Jesus knew me was life-changing. The creator of the universe knows me, and that means my life matters. If Christ died for me, I have value. There is love in his sacrifice unmatched in this world. How could I walk away from his call?
The Bible confirms your name exists in the palm of his hand (Isaiah 49:16). Every hair on your head is counted and known (Luke 12:7). You are valuable and loved beyond comprehension by the Good Shepherd. As God knows Jesus, Jesus knows us. It is an intimate, deeply tied connection made perfect by the final gift of the Holy Spirit.
Spend a few moments thanking the Lord for loving you and caring for you in every part of your life. He is the good shepherd who has loved you from the beginning.