When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. John 10:4
“The Lord is my shepherd, I have all I need” Psalm 23:1
I did some research on "sheep" in the Bible. We, as Christians, are sheep. We are called to follow Jesus, our Shepherd. I like how John 10:4 states that, “When he (being the shepherd) has brought out all his own (meaning his sheep), he goes on ahead of them and his sheep follow him because they know his voice”.
The chapter goes on to say that the sheep won’t follow a stranger because it is a voice they do not know! How cool is that?!?! Then I began pondering that. Do I know the voice of the Shepherd or am I willing to follow a stranger because I don’t?
The Bible tells us in Psalm 100:3 to “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”
Oh, so it is that easy. We know that the Lord is God and that He made us and that automatically makes us His! WRONG!! It isn’t that easy. It requires a little more from us to know the voice of the Shepherd.
Matthew 16:24 tells us that as Jesus was talking to his disciples He said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me”. And even before we do that, Romans 10:9 says that we must confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that He was raised from the dead, then we will be saved. And the best news of all is that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
Following Jesus does require a little on our part. We are to call on His name. We must understand that we are sinners and Jesus was raised from the dead. We must be able to say that out loud. By doing all that, we learn to do away with ourselves because it is all about Jesus. We must take up our cross set before us (which could be a multitude of things). Then, as the sheep hear the shepherd, we too, will hear our Shepherd.
When we can clearly hear our Shepherd, we can follow Him and not a stranger because we will not know that strangers voice!
Thanks be to God!!
Maintain the Faith Family,
Larry Spellman – Chaplain Family Activity Center