Today's encouragement comes from Acts 20:28b, where we read these words:
" . . . shepherd the church of God which He [Christ] purchased with His own blood."
Paul is speaking (above) to the elders of the Ephesian church. The apostle urges those officers to "shepherd the church." He will later explain how wolves will seek to destroy the body of Christ. But what I want to focus on are these words: "Which He [Christ] purchased with His own blood." The *reason* the elders are to guard and lead the flock is because the church has been re-deemed with the very lifeblood of the Son of God.
What is valuable to the Lord, of necessity must (and will), be treasured by all who love Him. Are we part of the true church, purchased by Jesus' blood? If so, then not only are we precious; but we are among those to whom God gives His greatest attention and care.
[Puritan quote of the day: "A man may know much of Christ, and yet not learn Christ. The devils knew Christ. . . . “ —Thomas Watson, in, "The Art of Divine Contentment"]