“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3)
Doesn’t it catch your attention when you hear your name? Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, calls His own sheep by name. We, the sheep, are to hear His voice and follow Him. Do we recognize His voice, His truths, and know His words? Are we sensitive to His calling and do we listen to His voice and follow Him?
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa 53:6)
By sin, we go astray and separate ourselves from God. The Lord Jesus Christ calls us into His salvation. We who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior are His sheep. Jesus says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Hearing His voice means that we have a personal relationship with the Good Shepherd, obey His commandments, and follow His footsteps wherever He goes. Jesus speaks through the preaching of the Gospel accompanied by the work of the Holy Spirit. The word of the Gospel reaches the hearts of His sheep who are led and moved by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is our counselor. He is our teacher. John 16:13 reads, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” You may have recalled a Bible passage in your prayers that addressed your particular needs at the time. The Holy Spirit may rebuke you or remind you of God’s love in your prayers. Do you listen to the Holy Spirit through your prayers? When was the last time you had such an experience and knew in your heart that you were getting through to the Lord and He to you?
Ask yourself, “Am I still sensitive to His voice?” If we don’t pursue spiritual sensitivity, then our hearts will gradually harden and be without feeling to God’s commandments, even His love, and God’s spirit will no longer be able to move us.
Our Shepherd Jesus Christ intimately calls each of His own by our names. We follow only Him because we recognize His voice as the voice of our Good Shepherd.