Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read John 4 – 7 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
• What is the main point of this portion?
• What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
• What insight am I given about myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
• What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
From the NIV Women’s Devotional Bible
He Knows Your Name
Reread John 10:1-18
“The sweetest sound in the world is the sound of a person’s own name,” wrote Dale Carnegie in his all-time bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People. There’s nothing more embarrassing than being at a social event and seeing someone you know and not remembering their name. There’s nothing more humiliating than greeting someone you though you knew well with a hug and a personal hello only to have them look back with the deer-in-the-head-lights look. You just know they’re thinking, Now what is her name?
Our name reflects who we are. It gives us a sense of belonging, a sense of identity. If someone knows our name, it means they know us. It’s hard not to take it personally when someone forgets our name. Unfortunately, parents do it. They call us by our sibling’s name or jumble our names into one long name: “JimmySueBob, get over here.” Bosses do it. They point and say, “You, I need that report.” Teachers do it. They mistakenly call us by our classmate’s name. But if our closest friend, boyfriend or husband forgot our name – unacceptable! It would be an almost unforgivable offense.
Thankfully, Jesus knows your name. In this passage of John we learn that Jesus calls us each “by name.” The Creator of the universe, The One who determined the number of stars in the sky and called each of them by name, knows your name. Not only does he know your name, but he calls you by name.
When you were saved, Jesus spoke to you personally. He called you by name. And throughout your life, he calls your name as he leads you beside still waters, along the mountaintops and through the valleys of life, leading you to safe pastures as a shepherd guides his precious sheep.
One day, in heaven, he will give you “a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it” (Revelation 2:17). Your name is so precious to Jesus. Is his name precious to you?
John 10:3 ~ 3 “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.”
1. Spend some time thinking about Jesus’ names. Which is your favorite and why?
2. How does it make you feel that Jesus knows and calls you by name?
3. What does it mean to you to know that he has a new, special name waiting for you?