Please Read John chapter 10
“The sheep hear his voice…. they know his voice…. they listen to my voice” John 10:3,4,16 [ESV]
Jesus He is the good shepherd. He goes to seek and to rescue the lost sheep and restores them to His fold. He lays down His life for the sheep. No one takes His life from Him but He willingly sacrifices Himself for the sheep. Satan wants to steal and kill and destroy but Jesus came to give us fullness of life.
The Good Shepherd doesn’t drive the sheep – He leads them and they follow Him. They know His voice and trust Him. Day by day Jesus wants to speak to us and gently lead us in the right path. One of the evidences that you belong to Jesus is that you recognize His voice. Paul puts it like this, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God” [Romans 8:14]. Are you listening to the voice of Shepherd?
How does He speak to us? He speaks through God’s Word, the Bible. Often He speaks by a quiet inner voice. Sometimes He speaks through another Christian and what is said finds agreement with the Holy Spirit within us. John Wesley called this, ‘the witness of the Spirit.” We need to take time to be quiet and listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd, and then obey Him in whatever He tells us to do.
Can you recall a time when you heard the voice of the Shepherd speaking to you? What did He say and what was your response to Him?
When was the last time that you heard God speak to you? What impact did this have on your life?
Would you make a commitment to take time each day to be quiet, to shut out all the other voices, and listen to the voice of the Shepherd?