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Hearing the Shepherd

He who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.
John 10:3-5

Rabbis often taught using pictures and stories. Here Jesus gives us a window into who he is using the motif of a shepherd with his flock.

Sheepfolds were thick stone walled pens in which a flock could be kept overnight for safety. They had one open doorway in which a shepherd would lie, making themselves the “door”.

Sometimes several shepherds would share a sheepfold, mixing all their sheep. When they wanted to move on they would call out and their own sheep would recognise their voice and follow them out.

Do you hear your shepherd? What is Jesus saying to you at the moment?

It’s something for every ‘sheep’ of his to consider, but it’s especially important for those in leadership, a qualification, even.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’
John 21:15

Do we sense the Lord calling us again? He wants to call us again to be His men, his women. If you love Jesus you’ll love who he loves: you’ll feed his lambs. We can’t hear or know the voice of the Shepherd without deliberately listening, it’s a conscious choice.

No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.
Leonard Ravenhill

If you’re a person of prayer who spends time with Jesus, people will want to follow you and be like you. Let’s agree to pray bold, faith-filled prayers. We want our prayer life to make a difference. Let’s agree this for 2019 and give ourselves to hearing the voice of the great Shepherd and spending time with Him.

Published 7th January 2019 with tags: call of God Jesus the bible

Comments

  1. Karin says:

    Thank you, this came exactly in time!!

  2. fattah lateef-adeleye says:

    the almighty God is really and truly my shepherd. He dazzled me today by bringing Ephesians 3 v 20-21 to reality. He did more than i asked for or imagined. glory be to my awesome God. hallelujah!!!!!

  3. Dan K. says:

    A very important message. Jesus only gave us a few orders and among them was to “feed His lambs”, “feed His sheep”, “Pray that the Lord of the Harvest would send laborers out into the fields”, “Go and preach the Gospel to every creature”, His last command.
    As one of the “old” Jesus People from the 60’s, still preaching and sharing the Gospel, we need to continue to “keep pressing into the Kingdom of God” until the Lord returns, which as we see from what is happening in the world around us, is sooner than most of us think. See my book, especially for new Christians, “Building on a Sure Foundation – A Handbook for Christian Soldiers”, available for FREE, as a download in Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian, on my web site:
    jesus-movement.org God bless!

  4. Wilberforce Amugune says:

    Indeed the Lord is our shepherd and we shall not be in want

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