(3)To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4)When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. (5)A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” — John 10-3-5 (NASB)
When you get to know people, you learn the sound of their voice. They can call you on the telephone and fail to tell you who they are, and you still recognize their voice. (Unless you’re in an office where everyone ends up copying your tone . . . then everyone sounds like you.)
When we know God intimately an connect to His heart, then we hear Him and our lives and those around us are changed forever. His Glory rises over us in ways we could never have imagined! We can have the personal confidence to even see the lives of our loved ones chilnged as God begins to move. If we know Him, we will hear Him!
Example: When I was growing up, my best friend’s name was Shirley. We did everything together, up until she met her husband and got married. She and I knew exactly the sound of each other’s voices –and still do today. She moved away from our area and she and her husband bought a sheep ranch. We were both “Christians” because we went to church, but neither of us was aware that God still speaks in a personal way.
As time went on, I came to know the Lord, but Shirley would call me and you could tell she was sad. She listened to me tell her about the things God did for me, but only said she thought I was “centered.”
One day, one of Shirley’s sheep went into labor. The baby lamb was breached in the mother’s birth canal, and the veterinarian was unable to come quickly enough to save it. Shirley reached in, turned the lamb, and helped it come our safely. As the tiny black lamb slid our into her hands, she heard a soft voice say, “I Am the Lamb of God, I was born for you, and I give you life. Just as you gave life to this baby lamb, I give life to you.”
Shirley took care of the lamb, and ran into the house to find her old, dust covered Bible. As she read it, tears streamed down her cheeks, and the gospel of Jesus became so clear that it changed her entire life. The soft whisper of the Holy Spirit spoke to her heart. Today we can share more than just old memories, we can share what God is saying and doing in our lives.
The Great Shepherd knows His sheep. He speaks to His sheep. He uses YOU as the soft conduit of His Holy Spirit’s Voice. If OUR voice is right, the sound of His Voice comes through! If we are open to listen, quick to obey, joyous to receive, and love to hear Hi,. there are greater things in store. There are wonders waiting for us that we can’t comprehend, and God’s Glory is about to be released in new ways. So we encourage you today to listed, trust, hear, and ask for eyes to see it all! And then move out with confidence!
(This information has been used by permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)