“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” – (John 10:27, NIV)
“My sheep recognize My voice. I know them, and they follow Me.” – (John 10:27, MSG)
“My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately, and they follow Me.” – (John 10:27, VOICE)
I appreciate the slight variations in phrasing in each of these three translations. To follow after God means that we listen, recognize, and respond to the voice of Jesus. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He knows what is best for us. The only way for us to do and be what we have been created for is if we can identify the voice of God, the still small voice that whispers to our hearts, truly listen to what He is saying, and then respond with action. May we ever seek the Lord in prayer, spend time in His word, and give Him time and space where we simply listen.
In order to hear,
We must choose to seek;
To listen and learn,
Know what the Lord speaks.
He is the shepherd,
Who know us by name;
He cares and protects,
And forgives our shame.
He raises us up,
And in love He leads;
Directs with purpose,
And meets all our needs.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You speak to us and instruct us in how we ought to live. Forgive us for the times that we have not listened intently or have avoided action in areas You have called us to act. Teach us how to trust You more so that we would seek You and recognize Your voice to truly listen and then act on what You say. Lead us to love as You love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we invest time in seeking to know You more so that recognize Your voice as we hear You speak and act upon all that You ask. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me. – Revelation 3:20