“And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” ~ John 10:4
In John 10, Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd. As I was reading this passage yesterday morning, I noticed two responsibilities I have as one of His sheep.
1. Know His voice. Do I know the voice of my Shepherd? As I read His Word, as I listen to the Bible being preached, and as I meditate on Scripture, I should recognize Him speaking to me. I can pray for a heart and mind that are sensitive to the voice of my Saviour, then set aside the busyness of the day and take time to listen to His voice. When I know His voice, I will not be led astray by others.
2. Follow where He leads. Once I hear His voice and know what He wants me to do, I should follow. Just as sheep go where they are led, so I am to trust my Shepherd and do as He directs. In order to follow, however, I have to let Him lead. I can’t choose my own way or move ahead in my own strength, but have to surrender to His guidance.
As I learn to be still and hear my Shepherd’s voice, then step out in faith as He directs, I can grow daily in my walk with Jesus.