Whisper Day 3: The Shepherd's Voice

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, depicted in a traditional Chinese fashion.

The Power of a Whisper Reading Plan
Day 3 Reading: John 10

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27

There is an intimate relationship between the Shepherd and the sheep which is always initiated by the Shepherd himself. But there is something for the sheep to do when he enters the fold. He has to be willing to hear and respond to the Shephered’s voice. ~ Rosalind Rinker

Where do you pasture your sheep, O Good Shepherd, you who carry on your shoulders the whole flock? For it is but one sheep, this entire human race whom you lift onto your shoulders. Show me the place where there are green pastures, let me know restful waters, lead me out to nourishing grass and call me by name so that I can hear your voice, for I am your own sheep. And through that voice calling me, give me eternal life.
-Gregory of Nyssa

Observation
Jesus uses the image of a shepherd and a flock to explain his relationship with those who believe and those yet to believe. He also uses this image to distinguish himself from opportunistic leaders who do not have the best interest of their followers at heart.

Application

  • Christ calls his followers by name. He knows them intimately. (v. 3, 14, 27)
  • Christ leads his followers. He goes ahead of them to prepare the way. (v. 3, 4)
  • Christ-followers know him intimately in return. They hear his voice and follow his lead. (v. 3, 4, 14, 27)
  • Christ-followers distinguish his voice from other voices. They do not listen or follow the competing voices, especially the dangerous ones. (v. 5, 8.)
  • Christ communicates with believers and those yet to believe. Christ is constantly calling new persons to follow him (v. 16)
  • Christian unity is rooted in listening to Christ. (v. 16)

Prayer
Good Shepherd,
You call me by name, that I might know you.
You prepare the way, that I might follow.
You call others, that I might have companionship.
You lay down your life, that I might live.
Glory and honor be to you, for you are gracious and great and good!
Help me to hear your voice and respond, now and forever. Amen.

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I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you learn to better listen and respond to God’s whispers in your life. – Lisa <><

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