Never Follow A Stranger

February 16, 2022

“‘They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don’t know the voice of strangers.’ Jesus gave them this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. Jesus said again, ‘Truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them.’”

John 10:5-8

Written by Amber Kinnett

Have you ever felt unsafe? Bearing the weight of unfamiliarity and distrust with your environment can bring stress and anxiety. But hearing a voice of comfort and reassurance in a time of need is healing to the soul and life-giving to the bones. When we know our Good Shepherd, we know His words of truth and discern fact from fiction. And that’s why we will never follow a stranger.

The Gate to Peace

In today’s Scripture, Jesus is compared to a gate that leads sheep into safe pasture. Through this representation, Jesus becomes the entry point for full protection, comfort, and rest. He compares all other avenues as thieves and robbers, whose motives are to steal and kill rather than give life and peace.

Avoiding Danger

Jesus makes a point to say that the sheep didn’t listen to other voices. Amid the lies, confusion, and deception, the faithful flock is only moved by the voice of the never-changing God. As Christians, we never lose the ability to hear the voice of God since we always have His Word before us. We have the power to pay no mind to competing voices that vie for attention and can steadily hold our gaze on the One who paved the way into sweet pasture.

The Word of Life

We become more familiar with God’s voice as we spend more time in His Word. With familiarity comes assured comfort. With comfort comes lasting trust. And with trust comes never-failing faith. Jesus is the gate for our salvation. And as the Good Shepherd, He will bring us into spacious spaces and surround us with His eternal love.

“He brought me out to a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19 CSB).

Now What?
Whose voice are you listening to today? Are you so familiar with the Word of God that His voice is the only one that matters? The Good Shepherd delights in you and longs to bring you into the flock of faith. Will you trust Him with your all today?

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