November 7–The Gate, The Watchman and The Shepherd-Part 2: a study of John 10:1-18

“The watchman opens the gate for him [the true shepherd], and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will turn away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10:3-5

We who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior-we who have put our faith in Him as Lord-are His sheep.

We are also called to be His watchmen. Each one of us.

As God’s watchmen, we are to know the truths that come from Him so that we will be able to discern what is truly from Jesus and what is not…to be able to discern the loving, life-giving, transforming truths that come from Jesus alone and to separate out what are the blatant lies and/or the twisted truths (no matter how subtle they may be) that come from the thief…robber…liar…killer.

As His watchmen, we are to be able to quickly recognize Christ, recognize His presence and His truths so that we will open the gate of our hearts and lives to Him, to His love, to His leading and to His authority.

And as God’s watchmen, we are to know the voice of Jesus, know His words, know His appearance, know His revelation of self so that we may also be able to open up the gate for others who share our sheep pen and, yet, still need to know Jesus as their own Shepherd and Savior.

As God’s watchmen, we are also to be on guard to open the gate only to Jesus and His truths so that those who are already His sheep will be protected from being led away by any false teachers and their fruitless, lifeless, twisted teachings.

Our Shepherd comes into our lives—He comes right into the midst of our muddled-up sheep pen—to call us His own. And then, our Shepherd Jesus intimately calls each of His own by our names…calling each of us to follow Him and to put our trust in Him to lovingly lead our lives.

May we each be wise and discerning watchmen over our own hearts and lives so that we open the gate only to Jesus…and follow only Him because we recognize His voice as the voice of our own true Shepherd!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane