My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Devotional thought on John 10:27

Many may wonder about the name of this blog, so I decided my first self-written devotional post would be on that verse. John 10:27- "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."

This passage follows very shortly after our savior speaks about himself as the Good Shepherd. Christ here makes a few main points.

1) The sheep of the Good Shepherd know his voice, they follow him.
2) His sheep will not follow a stranger's voice because they do not know him.
3) Other sheep will not understand the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Our Shepherd certainly speaks to us (Hebrew 1:1-2). We have been given his holy Word. His voice can be stern. As a pet cowers at the convicting tone of voice of his owner, so too we, as the sheep of our shepherd know that we have sinned and are crushed as he scolds us with what we have done wrong.

But our shepherd lifts us up again. No matter how far we stray from him, we will always be in our savior's heart. Repentance is described as a complete change of attitude. As we wander aimlessly down life's path, seeking our own way. Our Shepherd comes and turns us back toward him, focused on his ways and his goals. How comforting it is to know that although we constantly try to turn away, our Shepherd puts us on his shoulders and carries us back to the fold.

I will post on the second point later.

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