Wednesday Word 1.17.2018

John 10:1-10 New International Version

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. 7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Jesus’ voice can sound so many different ways. The ways are as diverse as we are and equally powerful in every form. I heard his voice come through the radio on WOBO (88.7 on your FM dial). He sounded just like Bill Monroe or sometimes The Stanley Brothers. He sang those bluegrass gospel songs I heard my mother and her sisters sing when I was very small. He called me to the church door with all those old songs. He called me to return, week after week, in order to learn more about him through the voice of my Pastor. He encouraged me along the way and his voice sounded just like my friends. He calls to each of us in the way we will best recognize him. For someone, his voice might sound just like you. Are you listening? Can you repeat what you have heard to someone who is waiting to hear it?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki