Into Practice . . .

They Listen to my voice . . .

John 10:24-30 NLT

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, “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.”

Reflection . . .

We are like sheep. We have a shepherd. The Lord is our Shepherd. We listen to the one (or things) that shepherds us. We follow the Lord because He is the one who has given us eternal life. We are secure in His care even though there are many dangers, and there are others who want to snatch us away from the Lord’s care. That cannot happen because He has secured our hope and faith in Jesus Christ.

Let’s take a moment to pray this prayer:

LORD, I thank you for making me one of your sheep. What a privilege it is to belong to you! Thank you for going ahead of me and preparing the way for me. You call me by name and speak to my heart and lead me. With all the “voices” clamoring in my world, quiet my mind and heart so that I will recognize your voice and follow only you. 1

Video – Psalm 23

1 Praying Through the Bible, May 10 The Shepherd’s Voice.