“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27

In our current American culture, very few of us understand the nuances of a shepherd and his flock the way the Jews would have when John 10:27 was penned. They would have understood the animal, the role of the shepherd, the culture and economy of agriculture, and they would have understood Jesus’ analogy of the sheep and Good Shepherd. Despite the fact that many of us don’t immediately understand this relationship, there is much we can learn from Scripture about how to follow our God Shepherd. 

1. Know who to follow.
It is a miracle of creation that a flock of sheep can identify the difference between their Shepherd and a stranger. John 10:27 even tells us that sheep recognize the voice of the shepherd. In order to know the voice of our Shepherd, we must understand His character. While God doesn’t require us to follow a list of rules to earn eternal life, He does leave us a set of guidelines to help us build relationships and recognize Him. Those resources include studying His Word, surrounding ourselves with His people (other sheep), and spending time in activities that help us learn and grow. When we recognize He is good, gentle, loving, and protective of us, we are more likely to recognize and follow Him.

2. Hear and respond.
In this particular culture, shepherds led flocks by calling them, not herding them. John 10:4-5 specifically says that the shepherd goes ahead of His flock and they follow because they know His voice. Jesus intentionally called His sheep by name when He asked them to follow Him (John 1:43, John 11:43, Luke 19:5). We can trust that our Good Shepherd knows our name and calls us to follow Him. He may lead a flock, but He knows each sheep intimately. He even knows when one is missing (Luke 15:4). Our job is to hear and respond to our Good Shepherd.

3. Rest securely.
Shepherds are protectors. They slept with their flock (Luke 2:8), guarding them against predators (1 Samuel 17:34-35). If the sheep slept in a pen, the shepherd would sleep in front of the door to guard. The Lord is our protector and defender. Once we are His sheep, nothing can snatch us from His hand. He defends us against any and all who would try to harm us. He doesn’t always save us from our circumstance, but we can have confidence that if we have trusted in Christ, we are saved and eternally safe in every circumstance.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd, and the Good Shepherd laid down His life for His sheep (John 10:11). Why wouldn’t we want to follow that kind of God? He came to give us abundant life (John 10:10). He goes before us, keeps us safe, and knows us intimately. When we confidently know our God, we will follow Him wherever He leads.

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