Posted by Johnny Richards

This past Saturday was my first office day. I knew one of my goals on Saturday was to put new contacts, (church members), in my cell phone. It’s important to know who is calling me. So I began the process of adding member’s names. As I began the process, faces began to pop in my head. People I have met over the past two weeks I was beginning to recall.  (This was exciting) As I was typing in names and numbers, a verse of scripture also popped in my head. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever been working on a project and God places a scripture in your head? It is quite an eye-opening experience. Here is the scripture he reminded me about: “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.” (John 10:27-28)

What a wonderful and beautiful promise from God, our shepherd. When we think of God being our shepherd, our minds may automatically go to the 23rd Psalm, which is another beautiful passage. But on this day, God needed me to know, and probably to share with you, these four truths.

First, God knows you. He knows all about you. He doesn’t even need a contact list in the phone, or an email or even text list. God knows you because He created you. For this reason, we can rejoice that He knows all about us. He knows our joys and our pain. Be thankful today that He knows you.

Second, God wants to lead you. He wants to lead you to the good things in life. He wants to give you abundant life, which is a life of joy. Just like a sheep, sometimes we want to go on our own, and those may be the times we find struggles more than others. But God wants to lead you, and He wants you to follow.

Third, God wants you to have eternal life. This is why He sent His Son to the earth, and to ultimately die on the cross. He did that so we could have forgiveness for our sins and accept Him into our hearts, and have salvation. This is His free gift to you, if you will accept it.

Fourth, nothing can take you away from Him. If you have given your heart to Christ, nothing, and no one, can take that salvation away from you. Why? Because God gave it to you. People did not. God will always love you and you will always have a place in heaven waiting for you. He promised you that.

I’m glad this scripture popped in my mind, and I am glad I have the chance to share it with you. Who knows, there may be someone who needed to hear this today. Until next time…

Peace and Blessings…