John 10:27 - My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
A shepherd in ancient times did not have thousands of sheep to look after. He had a small flock and he knew each one of them.
In this text, Jesus says He is the "Shepherd" of the "sheep” and we Christians are “sheep” who belong to Jesus and are known by Jesus.
Because we are the “Shepherd” sheep and we belong to Him and he knows us, we know His voice and we respond to His commands because His voice we have heard and His voice we recognize.
What is it that makes us able to recognize anyone's voice or cause their voice to get stuck in our memory bank? I am not sure, but it just goes to show us the mystery of God’s amazing and detailed work He put into His creation of human beings.
One thing that is amazing about the “Shepherd” and their “sheep” is the relationship that forms between them as they daily spend time together in fellowship, prayer and study of His Word.
The “Shepherd” watches out for His “sheep”. He provides for them. He treats our injuries and heals all our disease. He guides us away from danger, even when we (sheep) seems to be intent on getting into danger by trying to go our own way at times.
As “sheep”, we depend on the “Shepherd” and we gladly follow Him because he is our protector. He can be trusted and we can rely completely on Him to do just what He says.
The "Shepherd knows His “sheep”, He loves us, cares for us and He knows our name. He lives in us by way of His Holy Spirit, He walks with us wherever we go, He feeds us the Bread of Heaven through His Word, He guides us, He is a lamp unto our feet and the light that directs our path and He protects us from hurt, harm and danger.
Each and every day we hear a lot of voices and at times they can be overwhelming.
How do we discern what voice to listen to, which voice to follow?
There are a lot of voices out there telling you who you are, where you should go, what you should want, who you should be, what you should do, go here, go there, do this, do that, buy this, believe this, believe that, buy that, drive this, drive that, live here, live there and on and on with one voice after another being heard.
Whose voice are you listening to? Whose "truth" are you being convinced by? Who are you following?
Just as a baby knows his or her mother's voice and follows them around when they hear it, Jesus declares on today that His "sheep" knows His voice and follow Him and no other.
How do we hear God’s voice? We hear Him in His Word that is found in the bible. That is where we can be sure that it is God that is speaking to us and it is Him who reveals Himself to us in His command for us to “follow Him”.
As “sheep” of the “Good Shepherd” we as Christians need to extend the same love and care to those outside the church walls, the aged, needy, widow, poor, needy, sick and lost.
Jesus is the "Good Shepherd" that laid down His life the sheep over 2k years ago on a hill called "Calvary". Why aren't you following Him?
Perhaps you are not His “sheep” because you have not accepted Him as the Savior of your soul, but instead rejected Him. If you are willing to repent of your sins, confess Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you too can become one of the “sheep” that hears the “Shepherd” voice and follow Him.
Jesus is the Shepherd of his “sheep”. He calls them, and they follow. He gives them life. He protects them. Vs#28 says-“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Do you stand in need of the “Shepherd” leading on today? He is able to lead, guide and direct you if you are willing to humbly come to Him. As a Matter of fact, He bids us to come to Him on today so that we may find the help we need in our time of trouble.
The “sheep” hears the “Shepherd voice and follows His call of obedience and joy.
The “sheep” hears the “Shepherd” voice and follows Him. Do you hear His voice? Do you recognize His voice? Will you follow His voice?
God bless you all.