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"Born to Know"

Date published: 07/03/2017
John 10:4 “His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.”  vs.14 “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me.” (NIV)  

   These verses pose a fundamental question to every believer in Christ – Do you know Jesus? Do you know Him well enough to “know His voice”? These questions challenge you to better know Jesus in three ways: 1) Love Him; 2) Know Him ; and 3) Please Him. Jesus modeled all three of these in the story of the Good Shepherd in John 10:1-18.  

   John 10:11b illustrates Jesus’ ultimate love for you: “The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (NIV) As Jesus’ love for you is absolute, your love for Him should be the same. Nothing should separate you from living a sold out life for Jesus. Your love for Jesus precipitates knowing His voice so well that it is easy to hear and follow Him. Jesus’ voice will be obscure if your love for Him wavers at every challenge that comes your way. Let your love for Jesus be resolute

   John 10:15 explains how Jesus was intentional and fully committed to knowing His Father“Just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father.” (NIV) To fully know Him, Jesus sought His Father. People who talked to Jesus saw a man not with head knowledge, but one who was indwelled by God. Without Jesus stating the fact, the woman at the well in John 4:29 pondered: “Could this be the Christ?" (NIV) Knowing Jesus should be synonymous with becoming like Christ. Seek to know Jesus

   John 10:9a defines the one who wants to please Jesus“I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved.”(NIV) You enter into salvation through the gate provided by Jesus and continue to experience the fullness of salvation by symbolically entering the gate each time you choose God over the world. John 10:10b shows the results of living to please Jesus: “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” (NASB) Stepping through the gate of obedience reflects a heart that lives to please Jesus. Your desire to please Jesus will increasingly emanate from within as you fall more in love with Jesus by knowing Him better. John 10:4b consummates the result of loving, knowing, and pleasing Jesus, “His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.” Living in this way positions you to more easily hear His voice. Seek to know Jesus’ voice so that you are enveloped into His loving arms! 

John 10:27 “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.” 

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