My Sheep Hear My Voice

One of my favorite passages is John Chapter 10 that we call “Jesus the True Shepherd” These are red letter words!  Jesus says, “…and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name…; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” (vs.3,4) And then in verse 27 Jesus personalizes this even more: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
I once encountered a pastor who said he had never heard God speak to him and he doubted people who claimed to have heard God speak. This response was to a statement I had made, saying that if I were to confess a fear, it would be that I would fear growing so distant to God that I could not hear him speak.
I remember another elderly minister who once questioned me about my “call into Christian ministry”. He said “tell me about your “call”; what did God say?”
I replied, “God said, ‘Author…” He interrupted me. “You need go no further, because scripture says, “His sheep hear His voice, and He calls them by name.”
I’m so glad we serve a Lord and God who created all that is, and yet He calls us by name! I don’t confess fears because, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7