Summary: We need to know with certainty when God speaks to us. We need to know what he is saying, and we need to know it is from Him. Jesus gives us instructions and challenges in our text this morning.
Downtown is a large City-County building. It holds many municipal and county courtrooms. Probate court is there. Every day, petitions and writs are read and heard, telling the will and wishes of the testator. The person who’s will was to wish after his death, such and such would happen, such a sum of money would be given, such an heir would receive this or that. It often goes smoothly, as wills and last testaments are read into the record. Sometimes however, there are protests and a hearing on the estate takes place. Witnesses and pieces of evidence are presented to show the true intent or the true desire of the testator.
In your life and my life, we too, often want to know what life is all about. We want to know why we are here, and we want to know what we should do. How do we know what to do? How do we know what we’re supposed to do, while we are here on earth. What is God’s will for me? What does God have to say about how I am living?
In the book of John, Jesus tells us that we don’t have to worry, we don’t have to be concerned, that we (as believers) can hear his voice and as sheep hear the shephard, he will guide and carry out our lives. What a blessing to know that Jesus is our shephard, our guide today and the rest of our lives. How does Jesus speak to us today?
The voice of Jesus: Look at verse three. There Jesus says that "the sheep hear his voice." So point number one this morning is simply this: Do you know Him. Are you one of His? Are you one of the sheep of His flock? If you are, good. If you are not, why not? I hope you will join the flock of God. Now, it says that the sheep hear his voice. So if you are one of His, you hear when Jesus speaks. He speaks through the Spirit. He speaks through your conscience, your intellect, your spirit. He prompts you and tells you. I have a small dog. She’s a good dog. When I call her, she comes. I don’t even have to call, just snap my fingers and she’ll come. Do we answer as good as my dog, when Jesus calls? We have a disaster relief program here at the church. It’s just getting off the ground. We’re slower than the government, but it’s getting off the ground. Dorothy has some money, and Jean is getting together boxes. Her truck was full the other day with groceries and stuff for the victims of Katrina. God bless her and her work.
Secondly, it says that Jesus calls us by name. The bible says that when you trust Christ, your name is written in that Book of Life. Revelation 20:12 says it this way: "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things wheich were written in the books, according to their works." And then down in verse 15, it says that: "whosoever was not found in the book of life(or the book of the living) was cast into the lake of fire." I want to have my name in the book of the living, don’t you? You can if you give yourself to Him. He’ll call you out by name! Praise God.