1 "I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.
3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."
6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore, Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
This passage is from this week's Bible study homework. It also happens to be one of my favorite passages. Here's a couple reasons why:
Verse 3 tells us that He calls us by name, and He leads us.
Verse 4 tells us that we follow Him because we know His voice.
Do we? Do I? Intimately? I'm learning...day by day, He is teaching me to listen for His voice. Not audibly, maybe, but in a quiet thought, or through His word. I love the part that says He calls us by name. That, my dear friends, is intimacy. And He takes great delight not in just the "big things" in life, but in the small details of our daily lives.
I love how we are to enter through Him...not in our 'beliefs' or by some other 'book', but by Him and Him alone. We are not to take anything from or add anything to God's word...the living Bible is His book of instruction for us. It stands alone.
I love God's promise to us~the fact that He sent His Son to give us LIFE. Not only life, but life to the full. Life in abundance.
Isn't my God something?
He's not just mine.
He can be yours. He wants you, and He's drawing you through this today.
Love to all of you today~if I can pray for you, will you email me? Allboys@gmail.com.