Knowing the Shepherd's Voice


John chapter ten first, 27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I love John ten. It is filled with such incredible imagery of Jesus as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep and protects them, cares for them. Won't let anyone snatch them out of his hand and in verse 27, I love this picture of my sheep here, my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I think about a shepherd, I heard, share recently, his name is Daryl, and he was sharing about how he leads his sheep and they know his voice. He said, if anybody else were to come and call my sheep to do this or that, the sheep would not respond, but when he speaks they respond. This is what she do. They know the voice of the shepherd, and they follow him. Don't you want that to be true of your life today? Just think about today. We want this every day, but today that you would live, hearing his voice, him knowing you, and you following his voice. You know, it's interesting. I use the illustration sometimes of how obviously we don't know everything Jesus is leading us to do in a given day. Where to go eat if we're going out to eat or what to do in this or that moment. We don't have a word from God in the Bible about every detail of our day today, but that doesn't mean that his voice can't lead us, he's put his spirit inside of us in such a way that when we meditate on his word, that we do have, we study his word, we hide it in our heart. We're getting familiar with his voice so that as we make decisions during the day that we are familiar with the voice of Jesus, we're familiar with his spirit and how he leads us and so to live today, listening to his voice in his word and then following his voice as he leads us by his spirit according to his word.

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