John 10:3   Thought/Prayer:  The Shepherd and the Gate.  Topics:  2 at end.

“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.  (WEB)  Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

When speaking of the sheep safely in a sheepfold for the night, Jesus describes the gatekeeper who has been hired to keep watch over the sheep at night.  (Does this make us think of the night Christ was born as the shepherds in the fields “. . . keeping watch over their flock by night”?)  (Luke 2:9 AKJV) 

The gatekeeper would only open the gate to one person:  the shepherd.  The gatekeeper had a big job.  He was to keep himself awake and the sheep safe, no matter how sleepy he might become.  He also would need to be ready to fend off any unwanted intruders, human or animal.  The last thing the gatekeeper wanted was for the shepherd to return in the morning and find the gate destroyed and an empty fold.

But when the shepherd does come back and find everything in harmony, he calls his sheep.  And they come running to him.  It is known that sheep learn the tones and qualities of their shepherd’s voice.  They can discern his voice though others might call to them.  The sheep associate their shepherd with good things:  protection; shelter from a storm; food; water; verdant grazing spots and more.  Their shepherd is good.

The shepherd’s flock come to him.  And he leads them out.  And the sheep follow His lead because they trust him.  It is the same with greatest Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.  In the book of John, Jesus says that He is the Good Shepherd.  And we can say of Him, as in the old song “He Leadeth Me:  O Blessed Thought!”:  He leads me.  When we, His sheep, hear His voice; come to him; trust Him and follow Him:  He is leading us. 

He may lead us to stake a direct stand for the sanctity of human life.  Or he may lead us to work to allow the aged to live out their natural full lives as planned by God, no matter their physical or mental condition.  He may lead us to pray or help with the children of mothers who resist abortion.  However He leads us (and the ways are innumerable), when we respond to His voice in our hearts or perhaps hear His words in our heads at times, when we follow Him, we are following the Shepherd who loves His flock and is the only person to enter their fold of safety.

Lord, help us to be attuned to Your voice and to come to you and follow, follow.

Topics:  Pray for wisdom on the way the Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd, would have you follow Him.
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