Today's Verse

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... — John 10:14-15 ESV

Devotion

I know Jesus. Moreover, my knowledge of Jesus is more than abstract intellectual knowledge. That is, it is more than knowledge about Jesus, more than the kind of knowledge you could get from a theology textbook. It is personal knowledge. I don't just know about Jesus, I know Jesus. I know Him as my Lord and Savior. I know I was a sinner headed for eternal destruction and I know what he did for me—did for me personally—will keep that from ever happening. I love Him and I am willing to follow Him wherever He goes, like a sheep that follows a shepherd.

Remarkably, Jesus knows me. Although He is at present sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven, although He is busy there ruling and reigning over all things (Ephesians 1:20-23), He knows me. He knows me, He loves me, and He knows that I love Him. He knows what I need and what's best for me. His kind affection and regard for me makes sure that He will lead me to the green pastures and still waters of life. (Psalm 23:2) And on the day he returns, He will accept me into His Kingdom. He will not say to me at that time, "I never knew you." (Matthew 7:23)

As our verse for today says, my knowledge of Jesus and His knowledge of me is like His knowledge of the Father and the Father's knowledge of Him. It is so intimate, in other words, that it can be compared to the love and unity between the First and Second Persons of the Trinity. Moreover, my knowledge of Jesus means that I also know the Father and the Father knows me: "In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you." (John 14:20) And it means that we "may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us. (John 17:21)

It's good to be known. I'm not a stranger to the Father and the Son and they are not strangers to me. It's like being a member of a family. I have a place where I belong. I have a place where I am included.