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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Listening and Following

In review of John 10:27 it says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

Bottom Line:
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

What this means to me:
As a follower and disciple of Jesus, I am able to hear, know and recognize His voice and He knows me, and I strive to follow after Him.

Today’s verse comes from John 10, in it Jesus claims to be the son of God. The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus replied to them, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?” They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Typical any book I read will be objective, the same every time I read it. However, the Word of God is alive. A living thing is constantly changing. The amazing thing about the Word is that while what is inside doesn’t change, it changes what is inside of me... and for the better.  As I read it and apply it, I become a better husband, dad, leader, employee and friend. Whatever I do as “unto the Lord,” makes me become a shining beacon of light in an otherwise dark world.

I’m better equipped to hear the voice the Lord clearly when I apply what I find in it, as a son knows his father, a servant knows the king, a sheep knows the shepherd.

So Jesus told them that “My sheep know My voice.” Today, I need to consider if He spoke or whistled to get my attention in a crowd, would I be able to hear Him?