Sheep and lovers

“Marriage is a picture of the relationship God longs to have with us.”


I’ve heard this said before.  You probably have too.  But as I heard it from the pulpit, as the beautiful white-clad bride stood by her husband-to-be, the truth of it rang fresh in my ears.  He went on to explain it like this:


First, Christ calls us SLAVES—He bought us.  We belong to Him. 

But as we learn more about our relationship with Him, He says we become His SHEEP and He our shepherd—but sheep are dumb and have to be led around…

So as our understanding of Him continues to grow he longs to call us CHILDREN—having more interaction with Him, taking what He’s taught us and learning to walk it out. 

But an even greater connection begs to be had… so as we grow he calls us…

FRIEND—“no longer are you a servant who does not know your master’s business,” nor a child who has no say.  We are God’s friend.  We can share our deepest secrets, desires, hurts and dreams.  

But for Christ, His love for us runs even deeper; deeper than we really imagine.  So He gives us an example of His love in the picture of a husband and wife. 

He calls us His LOVER—Christ longs to love us THAT deeply.  The way a husband loves his wife.  Intimately.  Fully.  Unconditionally.  He longs to know my every detail and what’s more, He longs for me to know His in return.   

I know this may speak volumes to the women, but I want to hear from the men…


How do you apply the truth that we are God’s lovers?  How does this progression of relationship look in your life? 

Everyone: Where would you say you are in your walk at this moment? Which word do you see yourself in the most?  

4 Responses to “Sheep and lovers”

  • Sarah says:

    I would say that I see HIM as a friend in my life right now. But I long to know Him as a LOVER!!!! And I think He longs for that too.

  • The “lover” analogy is really awkward for guys. At least for me. I know he calls me that, but it just doesn’t have the same meaning for me that perhaps it should. Probably it’s because I’ve not experienced what that means in real life. Maybe some day if/when I do have a lover, I’ll be able to see Jesus in that way. I don’t know.

    If I had to describe my relationship with JC at this point, I’d have to call it more than a friend, but not necessarily a lover. He’s more like my battle partner.

  • Katie says:

    Awesome post Anna! You really put the whole journey of a relationship with Jesus into a great format, really easy to understand I think, even for your kids!

    I have definitely experienced Jesus as a lover, but I wouldn’t say that I do everyday. It’s a choice to make everyday how involved we are going to be with our relationships, especially with Jesus!

    I think also Jesus allows us to be any one of those things at any given time, according to what we need. Sometimes I just need to be his child, cry in his lap and have him tell me what to do next!

  • Andy says:

    I’d say I look on my relationship with Christ like the relationship David had with Jonathan. That he loved him more than he loved himself.

    “When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”

    And made all the more beautiful by the cross, I cannot but rejoice in my right standing with God by naught but the blood of Jesus and chase after not the cause of Christ but the Living Person of Jesus Christ in complete devotion of my life to him.

    Longing ever to just to be close to my savior whom I love.

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