Who Is Your Shepherd?
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one. —John 10:27-30
Throughout this month, we will visit the 23rd Psalm a number of times. David starts that song with the familiar words, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Today, we want to focus on how Jesus relates to us, His sheep, and how we respond to Him as Shepherd.
In John 10:27, Jesus gives us a two-point test for knowing our Shepherd. Use His description to look at your life honestly and you’ll know whether you can say, “The Lord is my shepherd.”
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Are you one of His sheep? You are if you can answer yes to these two questions: (1) Do you hear His voice? Does the Lord speak to you through His Word? If you know what I’m talking about, you’re hearing His voice. (2) Are you following Him? There is no use pretending; either you are following Christ or you are not.
Realizing the relationship and the obedience, Jesus expects makes us pause. Sometimes we have to confess, “I hear His voice but I’m not always tracking with what He’s telling me to do.” Realize your awareness of your lack of attention is a warning from the Lord. Your awareness means you are hearing Him.
Even people who have known Jesus for years admit, “I’m not following perfectly.” Jesus knows us and He knows we can’t follow Him perfectly, but He invites us to follow anyway and offers His presence to help us every day. In John 21, when Jesus was reaffirming His unchanging plans for Peter by asking him to “feed my sheep” (v.17), the Lord twice insisted to his very fallible disciple, “Follow me” (vv.19, 22).
All of us stumble in many ways (see James 3:2), but our Shepherd lifts us back up and renews His call to follow Him. There are frustrating times when we think, “I wish I didn’t fall the way I do,” but if in our hearts we want to please Him and we care about what Christ thinks of us, we are following Him. If the pattern in our lives is continually pressing toward all Christ has for us, He is our Shepherd.
So, are you one of His sheep? If you recognize Jesus’ voice and are following Him, you can claim Him as Shepherd. If not, today would be the perfect time for you to answer His call and place your faith in Him as Lord, Savior, and Shepherd. Learn more about Knowing God here.
- When did Jesus become your shepherd? If today, who will you tell about it?
- If He has been your shepherd, what aspect of hearing His voice or following Him is a particular challenge to you right now?
Lord, thank You for sending Your Son as my Shepherd. Thank You for showing me that as a good shepherd, He laid His life down for me, in order to save me and provide forgiveness to me for my sins. Thank You that He lives to lead me today as I hear His voice and follow Him. And thank You for showing me ways I can hear and follow better! In Jesus’ name, amen.