Daily Devotional

Feel the Love

John 10:14–15 - “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; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (ESV)

The Palm youth and I recently attended an in-town youth camp at People’s church called Breakaway Remix during Passover Week. During the camp, students got a chance to play games, eat food, serve the community, and attend worship services twice per day. It was such an encouraging time for our students many of whom had never seen so many kids their age gathered to worship the Lord before. Interestingly, one of the observations from the students was that during the time of worship, there were several times that the music was so loud that you could feel it in your body.
What I’ve since discovered is that the reverberation that they were referring to is because sound is a physical thing. So, while we might not be able to see it per se, it doesn’t change the fact that sound impacts the space that we’re in. This also means that our physical environment changes when someone speaks. Now this is a simple enough concept but what’s crazier to think about is that when we are in conversation with others, and people introduce themselves to us, their sound is altering reality around us. Kind of wild to think about, right?!
Well, it’s with this perspective in mind that I’m looking at our passage of Scripture today. In John 10 we hear Jesus tell us that He is the good shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. Hearing this changes our reality figuratively and literally. In Jesus, we have someone who loves us deeply, and even when we go astray, He still comes after us. He desired to reconcile the relationship between us and the Father which cost Him everything; a price He was willing to pay. My prayer is that we’d be reminded that anytime we hear God’s voice, we’d allow it to reverberate through our bodies with the reality-changing understanding that Jesus is Love.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.