As Christians, we believe that Jesus is our shepherd and we are his sheep. However, we read in John 10:26, "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you." How can we be His sheep if we cannot hear Him? In this sermon, we will explore what it means to hear the Shepherd's voice, and how our first step of faith will gain us access to hear His voice and be His sheep!
First and foremost, it is essential to understand that hearing the Shepherd's voice is not about listening to mere words or making audible sounds. It is about perceiving the message behind the words and comprehending the spiritual truth conveyed. In John 10:27, Jesus says, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." Hearing the Shepherd's voice means understanding His message as a spiritual truth and following Him in faith. It is not a physical process but a spiritual one.
Secondly, to hear the Shepherd's voice, we must first accept Him as our Lord and Savior. John 10:3 says, "To him, the porter opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his sheep by name and leads them out." The Porter represents Jesus, and opening the door signifies our first step of faith in accepting Him into our lives. When we open the door and accept Him, we become His sheep, and He calls us by name, leading us to salvation.
Thirdly, we must cultivate our faith and deepen our relationship with Jesus. In John 10:14, Jesus says, "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." To know Jesus and to be known by Him is to develop intimacy with Him. It requires spiritual practice, such as prayer, meditation, and studying the Bible. When we immerse ourselves in these practices, we open ourselves up to the Shepherd's voice, and He becomes more clear to us.
Fourthly, we need to practice discernment and distinguish the Shepherd's voice from other voices. In John 10:5, Jesus says, "And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." We must learn to recognize His voice and listen to it, instead of allowing other voices to lead us astray. It takes time, effort, and patience, but with consistent practice, we will become more discerning and more attuned to His voice.
Lastly, hearing the Shepherd's voice is essential for our spiritual growth and well-being. In John 10:10, Jesus says, "I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly." His message is one of love, healing, and salvation. When we hear His voice, we receive the nourishment, guidance, and comfort that we need to thrive as His sheep. It is a gift that He gives to us, and we should cherish it.
In conclusion, hearing the Shepherd's voice is not a physical process, but a spiritual one. It requires our first step of faith in accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, cultivating our relationship with Him, practicing discernment, and embracing His message of love and salvation. When we hear His voice, we become more connected to Him and more fulfilled in our spiritual lives. As Christians, we must strive to hear the Shepherd's voice and follow His guidance, so we can be the sheep that He wants us to be.
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Rev. Garrett Luttman is an ordained minister of the Gospel and is an assistant pastor at The Master's House. Over 8 years he has faithfully preached and ministered to the members of The Master's House.