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KNOWING THE VOICE OF THE SHEPHERD

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As Christians, the Bible teaches that we have been adopted into God’s family making us children of God (Galatians 4:4-6). We have been adopted in order to have a relationship with God. A key part of any relationship is communication, not just a one-way communication but a two-way communication. Sometimes as Christians, we are often satisfied with a one-way communication where we present our requests to the Lord in prayer and celebrate the results of that prayer. But is that all there is to our relationship with Him? Is that what He has called us into?

Picture your son or daughter entering your room with their headphones on. They entered and said, “Thanks for breakfast, lunch and dinner. By the way, I need a new phone, some clothes and money for shopping. Thank you”. After that, they walked out with music blasting in their headphones while you were asking if they had cleaned their room or put out the bins. The truth is, no parent will be able to endure such a relationship without intervening one way or the other.

Likewise, God has called us into a more intimate relationship beyond just receiving His blessings. He has called us into a relationship where we can hear his voice and obey what He says. It is with regards to this that Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). A key part of hearing Him is to know His voice. As you enter into His presence, lower the music, take out the headphones, ask, but also wait to hear from Him. He will speak through His Word, He will speak through your thoughts, He will speak through others, but the point of speaking is for us to heed and act on it. Draw closer to the Lord and be eager to hear from Him today. Just a word from Him can change the course of your life.

Blessings,

Chris Eke