by Sandy Kirby Quandt
If you have ever cared for children, or been cared for as a child, one thing I believe would be safe to say is you recognize their voice. Mothers know when their child cries out among a throng of others on a playground. Children know when the voice calling them belongs to their parent.
During the years I taught students in elementary school I knew for a fact which one of my them called out to me, and they knew for a fact when I called out to them.
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. He knows us, his sheep, so intimately he hears our faintest cry and immediately puts a name and face to that cry.
As his sheep we in turn can discern his voice and distinguish it from the noise of the world.
I think that’s pretty amazing.
To think the King of kings and Lord of lords can pick out our voice among the multitude of voices and put a name — our name — to it is pretty special. Wouldn’t you say?
God is the one who created us. He is the one who knows us intimately and has a plan for us.
Our value and worth lies in him, the One who knows our name, not in anything we could ever accomplish on our own. His is the voice we need to listen for and long to hear.
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The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:3 (NLT)
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