Wednesday – Safe and Secure
By George Volpe
“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.” John 10:14
While most people would agree that welcoming a newborn into a family is a blessing, some would disagree. In 2019, a 27-year-old man sued his parents for having him without his consent. He subscribes to the anti-natalist philosophy that argues life is so full of misery that people should stop procreating immediately. Of course, it’s impossible to get permission from someone who doesn’t exist, and the whole argument of requiring permission is not only alien to life, it dishonors God, in whose image we are created.
But believe it or not, there are people who actually agree with this unfortunate man. Viewed from a Biblical perspective, we are all procreated without any initiative or action on our part. We had nothing to do with it. Sorry control-freaks. We are part of God’s plan, a gift from God and for God, and a parental blessing. As such, our relationship with our parents can never be lost, no matter how we live. We will always be the child of our parents, whether we like it or not.
In John 10, Jesus explained how He is the means by which people become His children. He said that salvation is available to all people. But left to ourselves, no matter how hard we try, how much we spend, how powerful we are, or how much we punish ourselves, we have no way of entering Heaven without simply believing and trusting in what Jesus has already accomplished for our redemption.
Jesus has an unbreakable relationship with His children. We are called “sheep” in John 10, and He calls Himself the Shepherd. Jesus will not allow any force of evil to destroy the eternal and unbreakable bond between Him and His children. This union means so much to God that He planned from eternity past to stand in the gap for His children. God would die a human death. Sufficient for all, yet effective only for those who believe Him. And those who receive Jesus Christ as their only Lord and Savior are resurrected to new, spiritual, eternal, life. That’s what it means to become a Christian. That’s being born into the family of God. That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “You must be born again.”
The flesh cannot recognize the spirit of God. Feelings and emotions are not an accurate measure of His presence. But Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:18). He is here right now. Let the challenges of this life come. There is no safer place that in the unbreakable embrace of Jesus. Even in my worst failures, Jesus is holding on to me.
Read John 10.
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