Scripture: John 10.
John 10:27-29 (NLT)
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,
29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
There are certain things that we do in life that help to identify us. For example, I have a nephew that loves to hunt and fish and is showing signs of entrepreneurship even at a young age. Someone might recognize those traits and identify him with his dad, because he portrays the same traits exactly. Jesus said in verse 27 that His sheep (those who have accepted Jesus as Lord, and committed their life to Him):
- Listens to His voice – we know our kids are listening when they obey what we are telling them. Similarly, from our actions in obedience to God’s Word, we show the world to whom we belong, and we please God by showing evidence of our belonging to Him.
- Follows Him – the only other alternative is to follow the world. Which one are you following friend?
What does the world see about your obedience to God Word? Can the world recognize whose you are? Is it evident? If we have sincerely given the lordship of our lives to Jesus and we follow Him only, then verses 28 and 29 are filled with fringe benefits promised by Jesus! Let’s latch on to those promises and be encouraged today to follow our Master even more obediently, so that those around us will see and want to know our Lord.
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Thank You Lord Jesus for providing the way for our salvation and subsequently, our eternal life with You in glory. When we accepted You as Lord, all things became new and we committed ourselves to show evidence of being Your child, rather than the sinful nature of this world. Unfortunately, we often fail at this Father, but I pray that I and Your people will recommit ourselves to our relationship with You, and that we might show more evidence to this wicked world about whose we are. As Your children, we should be acting just like You – speaking like You; hearing like You; doing good like You; loving others like You and having enough concern about their eternal destination that we would be burdened about the condition of their souls. Please show us Your power as You awaken us and give us our marching orders in the battle to win America for You!
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