A friend of mine traveled to the Holy Land recently and came back with a story that resonated with me. They were hiking and came across a shepherd tending to his flock of sheep. The shepherd was familiar with tourists passing through and came to greet my friend. The shepherd asked the group if they wanted to herd his sheep. The group responded rather enthusiastically, so they began calling the sheep over. A funny thing happened, the group called these sheep for about twenty minutes before the shepherd laughed and said, “They only know and respond to the sound of my voice.” The shepherd went on to explain that the sheep have heard his voice and have grown to trust him so much that they only move to the sound of his voice.
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd throughout scripture and we are referred to as sheep 220 times. That’s a lot! Like the story above, we should only move to the sound of Jesus’ voice. We should stay when He says, “Stay” and we should go when He says, “Go”. For us, as followers of Jesus, to hear our Shepherd’s voice, it is vital that we seek it out in Scripture. After all, 2 Timothy 3 says that “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” The words of the Bible are literally the voice of God speaking to us! How blessed are we to be able to hear directly from the Creator of the Universe!
My prayer for First Denton is that we would be like the wise man in Matthew 7. I pray that we would hear the words of Jesus and put them into practice, building our house on the cornerstone that is Jesus Christ. That we would stay when He says “Stay”, we will go when He says, “Go” and we will be so overcome by the words of God that we experience a radical life transformation.