“When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice”
Yesterday we considered Jesus’ words concerning His will for His entire church when He said, “they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd” (John 10:16).
Today’s Scripture shows us why this is so important. Our Lord has a purpose for His flock in this world in this day. We need to “know His voice,” just as He has said, so we may understand His purpose and follow Him in doing His will.
Our Good Shepherd desires to put forth “all his own,” as “one flock with one shepherd.” This is to be our presence in, and to, this world; one united flock following our one Shepherd.
But how can we ever know this unless we first hear and respond to our Shepherd’s voice calling us all to Himself? How can we follow Him unless we hear His voice? Hearing and following our Shepherd’s voice is imperative if we are to be one with Him as one flock.
If we would all truly follow Jesus Christ as our Good Shepherd and become the “one flock” that He died and rose for, purchasing us with His Own blood, then we would all have one powerful, glorious, colossal, unified witness to this world and that would be this – Our Lord truly is alive, is present, and is our Shepherd!
Imagine for a moment how powerful our collective Christian witness would be to this world if we all truly rallied around Christ our Good Shepherd, forsaking all lesser divisions and distractions, so we may all point this world to Jesus by showing this world how devoted we are to our Shepherd, Who has made us one with Him.
If God could make all Christians one with Him, as indeed He has through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and through the presence of His Holy Spirit in us, and if all Christians truly submitted to and responded to God’s call, then I believe God’s anointing and presence would be more greatly and powerfully known throughout His church, His flock, and therefore to this world.
Yes, let us pray towards this day, of oneness within God’s flock, for His Own glory and will to be known and done.
But in the meantime, everyday, I urge you to live in this oneness. Be one sheep that says “yes” continually to your Good Shepherd, for it is as you live in oneness with Jesus Christ that you are able to hear His voice and follow His gentle, profound leading.
Live in oneness today and allow God’s anointing and presence to be powerfully known within you. Hallelujah!