THEME: The sheep know the shepherd's voice.
OBJECT: A picture of a
SCRIPTURE: The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep
hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he
has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow
him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they
will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." John
How many of you have a dog? I don't have a dog now, but I
used to have a dog. My dog's name was Mac and he was a Border Collie. This
is a picture of my dog Mac. When we were not at home, Mac stayed in the back
yard, but when we got home, I would open the back door and call his name.
When I called his name, he would come running.
Do you know what would
have happened if you had opened the door and called Mac? Nothing! Mac would
not come because he didn't know you and wouldn't recognize your
voice. Sometimes I would open the back gate and call Mac to take him for a
walk. If a stranger had come to the gate and called him, do you think Mac
would come to him? No way! A dog knows his master's voice and will only do
what his master tells him to do.
Did you know that same thing is true
of sheep? Jesus said that sheep know the shepherd's voice and they will
follow him. He then went on to say that he is the shepherd and we are his
sheep. If Jesus is our master, we will know his voice and will do what he
wants us to do. Sometimes, other people will try to get us to do something
we should not do. If Jesus is our master, we won't listen to their voice. Sometimes, Satan tries to get us to do something that we should not do. If
Jesus is our master, we won't listen to Satan's voice.
The shepherd always
wants what is best for his sheep. He leads them into green pastures where
they have plenty to eat. He leads them to water so that they have plenty to
drink. He leads them to the shelter where they will be safe from the storm.
Jesus wants what is best for us. He said that he came so that we could have
life and have it abundantly. We will, if we listen to his voice and follow
Jesus, you are the good shepherd and we are your sheep. Help us to
listen to your voice and to follow you. Amen.