READING: Luke 10, John 10:1-11:54
“. . . they will never perish.”
I am incredibly grateful that my eternal salvation is not dependent on me. I cannot save myself, nor can I keep myself in God’s grace. The enemy will try to remove me from God’s care. In the context of John 10, thieves, robbers, and wolves might come after the sheep, but the shepherd is in charge. That is, my salvation is secure because I rest in the shepherd’s hands. Indeed, Jesus put it this way: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
The reason that no one would snatch the sheep out of the shepherd’s hand? Jesus was clear: “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:29). The Father has given us as His children to the Son, and no one is stronger than God. To remove us from God’s hand would mean to somehow remove God’s hand from around us—and no human has sufficient power to do so. The life God gives His children truly is eternal.
So, does that truth give me permission to live however I wish in the meantime? Not at all – instead, it encourages me and motivates me to be fully faithful to God. How can I be anything less for a God who loves me that much?
- If you are a believer, thank God that you rest in His care.
- Serve Him fully out of gratitude for His grace and care.
PRAYER: “Lord, thank You for being my Shepherd.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Luke 12:1-13:30