"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep" ~ John 10:14-15
Do you really know the Good Shepherd? Nowadays, being "one of the sheep" is seen in a very negative light. It's become a metaphor for blindly adhering to the whimsical decisions of our political leaders or foolishly following the masses just because it's the masses. But it's quite different when we willingly become sheep who follow the Shepherd's voice because we trust Him, and because we KNOW Him. Others might still call us foolish, but we know that letting the Shepherd lead us and not questioning where He's taking us is the best and safest place for us to be. We don't get to that point by accident, though. And we don't know Him merely by coming to salvation. Like any other relationship, knowing our Lord requires time and effort, even when we don't want to, and especially when we don't understand His ways. This week at Friendship, we will focus on "Knowing God" and seeking to know Him better through prayer and practicing the pause. This is a requirement for the Christian in good times and bad, and we hope you'll join us for this vital reminder!