2020: Walk with Jesus
Pastor’s Corner May/June 2020
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; (John 10:3,4,5,27)
I am sure you would agree with me. Pets, either bird, cat, or dog, would recognize their owner’s voice. Once I watched a video of about 12 dogs, all quietly seated in front of their own food dish. It’s dinner time. They are patiently waiting for the owner’s call, You can eat now. As soon as they heard the owner’s voice, Go, they all started eating. Not only that, when done eating (seems only a minute), they all, one by one, in line, brought back their empty dishes to the owner. What a training, I thought!
I too have a pet in my household. A cat. A 5-yearold feral cat that we adopted a couple of years ago. Her name is Sunny. She was very sheepish and cautious when she came to my family, especially with me. My family thinks that she might have had a bad experience with a male figure. It could be. Anyway, over time, she began to loosen up with me. She gradually allowed me to pet her on the head (only for a few seconds, though). It gets better. Now, she recognizes my voice. When she is upstairs in her own bed, as soon as she hears my voice calling her name, she jumps out of her nest and comes down running. It delights everyone in my family. Especially, me. Now, I can say that I know my cat and that she knows my voice and listens. That delights me.
Jesus talked about the same thing two thousand years ago. The relationship between Him and His flock (the followers of Christ). He says that His sheep know His voice and follows Him whenever He calls them. They listen and follow Him wherever He leads to. They don’t know anyone else’s voice and never follow the stranger’s call.
The question each of us must ask is this: Do I know His voice? Can I tell His voice from that of strangers? Do I follow His will and not the voice of the world?
Let’s be assured once and for all. Christ is our Shepherd who laid down His life for us. Everyone who belongs to Him knows His voice and follow Him. They don’t follow any others. Let’s not be deceived, because there are many voices out there calling us to follow them. We do not know, recognize, or follow them. We only know Jesus our Good Shepherd and follow His lead every day.
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