Patsy and I had finished our shopping at Costco and were about to leave, when we decided to grab a bite to eat.  She went to the Food Court to pick up the food, and I took the groceries and found a table.

As we sat munching on our goodies, we were attracted to a lady about two tables away.  She had a youngster with her, and we watched her as she let him leave, but watched intently as he meandered here and there.  He reached the food area but did not latch on to anyone.  The motherly instinct of my wife was peaking; she was concerned that he was going to get lost.

Finally, another youngster, not much older than this little one, appeared on the scene and a few words of conversation pursued.  However, they were separated as quickly as they had come together and we wondered if they were relatives; nothing indicated that this was the case.

The lady continued to bob and weave from her seat, always keeping the youngster in her line of vision even though the place was jammed with people.  Suddenly, a voice spoke from the area where the Pizza was served. “Arnold!”  Just as suddenly, the second child appeared from somewhere that he was not supposed to be, and was at his father’s side in seconds.  The first child also heard that voice, and, though he had not been summoned, sensed the tone of his Dad and decided that his meandering had come to an end.  He joined the father and child #2.  Both had identified that voice as coming from their father, and knew the authority with which it was administered.  The mother relaxed.

You’re right!  John chapter 10 came to mind.  In that precious portion of Scripture, we read the Parable of the Good Shepherd.  We arrive at the third verse and read: “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.  When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (verses 3, 4)  “I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know me.” (verse 14 NASB)  When the Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, calls, His sheep respond to His voice.  They arrive at His side immediately.  They know His voice!

The Lord Jesus calls to you.  He waits with tenderness toward you.  If you are one of His, you will respond in faith and obedience.  Listen closely, my friend, for that irresistible call and invite the Lord Jesus to be the Savior and Lord of your life.  Why?  “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11 NASB)


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