He Is | I Am – Day 23

He Is I Am – Devotional

I Am The Good Shepherd

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I
came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am
the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for
the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd,
who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves
the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters
them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares noth-
ing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own
and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I
know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 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
(John 10:10-16 ESV)


Think back over your life for a second and think about the
best friend you’ve ever had. What was it that made them such
a good friend? Was it that you liked the same movies? Maybe
it was a shared hobby that drew you together! While I’m sure
those things may have played a part in the formation of the
relationship, they aren’t what sustained the relationship.

Mutual interests and hobbies do not get you through the
inevitable difficulties of a long-lasting relationship. The stuff
that gets you through is knowing and caring for one another.
That is the glue that makes a relationship work. And Jesus of-
fers both.

Jesus knows and cares for you. And his people know and
care for him.


Jesus, I want to be real with you today. My best relation-
ships are the ones where I don’t need to pretend to be any-
thing I am not. And I know I cannot fool you, so help me not to
try. Help me to know you as well as you know me.


  1. How much does God care for us?
  2. What would it be like to completely known and
  3. When Jesus calls, do we see it as an invitation or a