One of the things that sets Christianity apart from other religions is the fact that we serve a God who actively seeks mankind. The true God does not distance Himself from His followers – but rather looks for them and inquires after them.
Right at the beginning of Genesis we see that God looked for Adam while He was walking about the Garden. He made Himself known to Adam and wanted to spend time with him:
“But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?” Gen 3:9
Later on in the Bible we hear Jesus tell a parable about lost sheep (referring to His flock and His followers), and how much joy He experiences when He finds one of His own:
“What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep and should lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness (desert) and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his [own] shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:4-5
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
In Christianity, all credit goes to God who first loved us. We cannot proclaim that we found God, because He has been actively seeking and pursuing us all this time. All that remains is for us to respond to His amazing love and wonderful character – which is the easiest thing to do!
In the previous post I spoke about Jesus being the only door through which preachers should approach their church. In this same chapter (John 10), Jesus refers to Himself both as the Door, and the Shepherd (John 10:11). This means we are part of His flock. We belong to Him, not a specific denomination. He is the only truly committed Shepherd and we are under His protection. He has fully dedicated himself to us – He does not flee when danger approaches. He defended us even to the point of laying down His own life. No other earthly shepherd can compare with Him.
The verses I want to focus on is 3 and 5:
“The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out.” John 10:3
“They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call.” John 10:5
We have a built-in voice recognition system which only responds to the voice of Jesus. It is only His voice that will resound in our hearts – any other voice will be of an intruder. This means I don’t have to fear succombing to a lie or being mislead by any other doctrine. As part of Jesus’ flock I will know the true voice of Truth, the voice which confirms every good thing I have heard about the work of the cross and testifies about the love of God.
I am safe and secure.