Recognizing Christ’s Voice

Many voices compete for our attention, but abundant life comes when we listen to our Good Shepherd.

John 10:1-18

“Truly, truly I say to you, the one who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But the one who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep listen to his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts all his own sheep outside, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. However, a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus told them this figure of speech, but they did not understand what the things which He was saying to them meant.

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All those who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.

11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters the flock. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own, and My own know Me, 15 just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice; and they will become one flock, with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it back. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it back. This commandment I received from My Father.”

What distinguishes a believer from an unbeliever? Jesus pointed out that His sheep know Him, hear His voice, and follow Him. They’re the ones He died to save, and when He called them, they responded in faith and repentance, receiving Him as their Lord and Shepherd.

But hearing Christ’s call to salvation is just the beginning of a lifetime of attentiveness as He leads and directs our steps. Jesus told those who believed in Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples” (John 8:31). It’s essential that we recognize His voice and refuse any that contradict Him.

God’s voice is heard through Scripture. That’s why making time to listen to Him through His Word is vital. As we fill our mind with biblical truths, the Spirit uses them to teach, rebuke, correct, and train us in righteousness (All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2 Tim. 3:16).

Whatever you hear, always compare it with the Scriptures so you can differentiate between God’s truth and human logic or philosophies. As you become more familiar with Christ’s voice, be prepared to drop some of your preconceived ideas in order to align your thinking with His Word.

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