Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
As followers of Jesus,we are to be so familiar with His voice that we can instinctively discern His voice and follow it, and at the same time discern the voice of a stranger and reject it. And some glorious day, in a day when Sin is no more and we are all part of The New Earth, it will be so, but not today.
Today we find ourselves in bodies that were created in /sin and raised in a corrupt world system. Sad as it is to admit, following the voice of a stranger is all too easy. That voice might be the voice of wealth, or power, or lust, or any of a host of voices that are part of this evil world. If it were not for our God’s grace and mercy and His infinite patience with His children, we would not stand a chance.
Oh, what a blessing that we have a Savior who is able to identify with our temptations, and forgiving enough to forgive us as many times as we require forgiveness.
Thank you Lord Jesus that you have redeemed us from our sinful state and reconciled us to the Father by your incredible sacrificial love. When I think of what you put up with from me, I can only bow my knee and give thanks!