listen and know
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." (John 10:27 NLT)
Listen to, know and follow are interesting things to think about. How often do we do any let alone all three? How often are we asking someone else to listen to us, follow what we are talking about or know our voice? The listening to, and knowing, someone's voice can be the hardest - right? Even just the "listening to" can be hard! Even listening to what God is asking us to do! After all God might be asking us to "follow" in a new direction or to do a new thing!!
The Gospel reading is Jesus answering the people who have asked questions about who, what and how Jesus is doing things. Jesus replies "I have already told you." (10:25a) Jesus points out the very work he has done is proof (25b) but "you didn't believe me because you are not my sheep." (v. 26) Which is why Jesus is pointing out, in this verse, his sheep know his voice -- Emmanuel, God with us. God does know us and we know, when we stop to think about it, God's voice. We are trying to follow where God is leading and do what God is asking us to do. Where we might be starting to question, at least slow down, is when the "new" or "different" comes into the conversation.
When a lot of things are happening it is hard to keep our FOCUS (Fixing Our eyes on Christ Uniting for Strength) on Christ, listening for HIS voice and following where HE is leading. When we are tired, because of all the things happening, it is even harder but also even more important. What I call my God time, in God's Word - at least twice a day, and my "regular" (like we spoke about last week) time are so important. Listening for God's voice, which we DO know and following where God is leading. How, and when, are you doing these things? How, and when, are you strengthening your relationship with God? Something to think about........
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