My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28

In most cases Jesus uses the term “sheep” gently and with care. He isn’t putting us down, merely indicating the depth of His love for us and how much He is willing to do for us. It describes our relationship with Him – we are to hear and follow where He leads.

Sometimes we’re not listening at all. We miss the call and wander off on our own. Other times we may hear, but being willful sheep, we try to go our own way. Even when we stray, Jesus loves us so much He comes after us, wanting to bring us back to the safety of connection with Him.

Will you be obedient to His call today? Every morning brings a new opportunity to be part of His flock, to follow Him on the path that leads to salvation. Listen for the Good Shepherd’s voice and be saved!

Gracious God, we are not always the faithful followers we should be. Help us to listen and obey that we may be safe in Your arms forever. Amen.

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