There are some things in life we never forget. Places and people, events from childhood, and places we have lived. In addition to these is the memory of voices. I remember my father and mother’s voice even though they have been gone for some time. When I answer the phone, my wife’s voice is distinct from all the voices I hear every day.
How well do you know the voice of Jesus? In John’s Gospel chapter 10, Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd and the Door through which the sheep enter into His fold. “The sheep hear His voice, and He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out” (John 10:3). If you have ever watched shepherds working their flocks in the same area together, you know that each shepherd has his own call for gathering and leading his sheep. Jesus confirms this in verse 5; “A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
I wish that was always true in the Church today. Why do some follow the voice of ‘strange teachers’ who only work for numbers, money and position and “care nothing for the sheep” (10:13). That is a subject for another blog, but I am very concerned that we become more and more familiar with the voice of our Shepherd and reject the voice of strangers.
There is only one way His voice becomes permanently part of your life. SPEND TIME WITH HIM! There is no quick way of getting to know His voice. It just requires being alone in His presence and listening daily. It is a personal relationship that becomes closer the more time you spend together.
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