“1 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.”
This lesson is not about a new revelation, a new vision, or a new direction. This is about trust thru others testimonies and your own personal experiences.
Day after day, we are learning to trust what God has said (Holy Bible) and is teaching us is true and works like He says it does.
Read The Fine Print
However, there are rules and conditions that can be involved in some prayers and requests. We need to read and study the Bible to become effective Christians.
If you ask for something and it doesn’t seem to come to pass after an appropriate amount of time has passed, the first question to ask is “Holy Spirit, is there something else I must do first or how can I be more effective in my prayers and requests?”
This not only leads you to the answer of the prayer or request, but it opens the communication between you and the Good Shepherd; which always leads to better things.
Do not give up on your prayers; it shows commitment and character.
John 10 Continued…
“11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.”
The Shepherd Investment
John 10:11-13 is a lesson in unselfishness.
God, who is the Shepherd, lays His own life down for the sheep. An amazingly, successful life is one of learned unselfishness; laying down what you want for friends, family, and others.
Learning to let God lead is the best investment you will ever make. Your good choices will begin to increase and then continue to increase.
John 10 Continued…
“14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Walking the Roles
We are sheep to some and Shepherd to others; sometimes the student… sometimes the teacher. We must be (and remain) teachable and flexible, so we are able to walk in whichever role today calls for.
When we are the student, we listen, pay attention, and learn. When we are the teach, we must represent God with honesty, character, and teaching fundamentally sound doctrine with a good understanding of the scriptures and meanings. The teacher must do more homework than the student. The teacher’s responsibility is much greater than the student.
Jesus life is the investment God the Father has made in our lives. His investment, He hopes, will translate into the birth of a new daughter or son for the Kingdom.
Father, we are so grateful for the new life Jesus has given us. We ask for daily guidance to direct us in the way we should go. Holy Spirit, teach us how we are to hear, so we may follow the steps that Jesus laid out before us. Fill us with your courage so we may overcome our thorns in the flesh and finish our race well!
In the Name of Jesus… AMEN!