Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep know me – …” – John 14:10
I watched a TV show where a guy said to a girl, “I’m not a good find; I’m just lonely.” I thought that was an insightful comment. I’m not implying that we must be lonely, but we must be willing to be lonely for Jesus. God is a jealous God, and He searches our hearts. When He does so, will He find intimate love for Him, or will He find our heart belongs to another?
We Are Known
Emotions aren’t trustworthy. It’s easy to feel lonely. It matters not if we are at home or in a cafe, by the sea or in a forest, with family or with colleagues. Loneliness is not a condition of geography or upholstery.
Loneliness is not separation from but a lack of connection to. We speak, but our words are not considered. We reveal, but we are not understood. We offer, but we are not accepted. We are asked, but no truth is desired or expected. How good it would be to be considered, to be understood, to be accepted, to be known. We find the refreshing we long for in the words of Jesus, “I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep know me…(John 14:10)” I have good news for all who are lonely, we are considered, we are understood, we are accepted, we are known because we are connected to Jesus!
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