My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME the world has been trying to find the secret formula to some of life’s toughest questions: Who am I? What’s the meaning of life? Why am I here? From every period of history, from all over the globe, we hear the attempts of human beings to answer those questions.
In John 10:14, Jesus declared, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” The Good Shepherd knows His sheep and they know His voice and follow Him. In this world, many things vie for our attention. Family, business, friends—all have a voice in our lives. Popular culture, trending fads, and social pressures all speak to our lives, telling us how to live or what to pursue. The world will say you need “this” to be happy or “that” to be fulfilled. In the midst of all the clamor, we have a Savior who calls out to us. As the Good Shepherd, He guides and directs our paths. And as His sheep, we should listen to His voice.
How well do you know His voice? We have a Shepherd who knows us. Think about that for a minute. The creator of the universe in all of its glory knows you. Jesus knows you and knows how to care and provide for you. He understands your needs and hears your cries. Once the sheep see the care and love of the shepherd, they follow him. Jesus knows you and cares for you. Listen to His voice and follow Him, and He will answer life’s greatest questions.
Quiet your own heart before God and hear what He has to say to you.
Scott Simmons is the author of iFollow: Connecting Belief and Behavior to Who You Are in Christ (WPH) and the youth ministry movement director for The Wesleyan Church.