Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine..
The shepherds in the middle-East had certain marks by which they knew their own sheep. Even in this country the farmers put marks on their sheep — their own initial, or an “ear-mark,” or some other particular sign by which they will know them anywhere. Christ knows His people by certain distinguishing marks.
He knows them by their faces. There is something in every true child of God which shows where he belongs — some family likeness, some feature of God’s likeness for all to see. The prodigal’s father knew his son when he saw him a long way off. In his rags, misery, and destitution, the father’s eye of love recognized his child. Christ knows His own, however dim the likeness, by their faces. The crowds do not recognize heaven’s princes in the humble Christians they meet, but every angel knows them. Not only does Christ know His own by their faces, but also by their voice. The mother knows her child’s voice anywhere, even in the darkness, and can distinguish it among a thousand voices. Christ knows the voices of His own wherever He hears them speak or cry.
He knows them also by their character. Even if the outside appearance is rough and unpresentable, it does not hide from His eye the inner life, the spirit, and the heart. He saw the future Peter with all his grandeur of character in the rude Simon who was brought to Him. He knows His friends by their obedience. He knows the white garments of righteousness which His redeemed ones wear. He knows His disciples by their obedience. He knows the repentant heart by it’s fragrance — it is an altar of incense, a box of ointment broken open. He knows His own.