Knowing the Good Shepherd
Some years ago at a social function in England, a great actor was asked to recite something for the pleasure of his fellow guests. He consented. He asked if there was anything special which his audience would like to hear. An aged minister who was present arose and said, "Could you, sir, recite the 23rd Psalm?"
The great actor replied, "I can, and I will if you, my friend, after I have finished, will do the same." The minister reluctantly consented. Impressively, the great actor recited the Psalm. His voice was perfect. His intonation was flawless. The audience was spellbound? As he finished, the guests applauded.
Then, the aged minister arose and began to recite the Psalm. His voice was not remarkable. His intonation was not faultless. When he finished, there was no applause. There was silence. There was not a dry eye in the room. Many heads were bowed in reverence.
The great actor again arose to his feet and, with great emotion, he said. "My friends, I have reached your eyes and ears. But the minister has reached your hearts. The difference is this: I know the 23rd Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd!"
My friend, do you know the Shepherd? The Lord Jesus is the Good, the Great, the Chief Shepherd. It is one thing to know about Him. It is another thing to know Him. The Lord Jesus said, "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63b)
Don't let the Bible be just lovely words. Read it lovingly. Believe it completely. Obey it willingly. Let it become a part of your life. Let it be your life.
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