Are You One of Jesus’ Sheep? (Part 4)

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In this series of posts we have been looking at how Jesus describes His sheep in John 10 and we have established that Jesus provides five marks about His sheep in John 10:3-9. Again, those five marks are:

  1. Jesus’ sheep enter through Him. (vs. 9)
  2. Jesus’ sheep hear His voice. (vs. 3)
  3. Jesus’ sheep follow Him. (vs. 4)
  4. Jesus’ sheep know His voice. (vs. 4)
  5. Jesus’ sheep do not recognize the voice a stranger. (vs. 5)

In the previous posts we looked at the first, second, and fourth marks of Christ’s sheep. In this post we will move forward to consider the third mark.

3: Jesus’ sheep follow Him.

How can you know if you are one of Christ’s sheep? How can you know that you are in the safety of His fold?

Consider what Jesus says about His sheep in John 10:4.

“When he [the Shepherd] has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”

Do you follow the Shepherd?

Jesus tells us why His sheep follow him in verse 4, “for they know His voice.” Following Jesus is an act of trust. The reason the sheep follow is because they know their shepherd—they know he has their best interests in mind.

The same is true with the Christian. If you are truly born again, you recognize the voice of your Shepherd, Jesus, and you know that He has your best interests in mind. You know that He is for you and not against you (Romans 8:31). You know that He wants what is best for you more than you want what is best for you, and that He knows what is best for you better than you know what is best for you.

The one who has truly been born again does not merely know that Jesus existed, he knows that Jesus is good. The one who has truly been born again knows that the Shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep will not call them into a trap that will spell their ruin.

sheepOne of the most beautiful verses in Scripture is Revelation 14:4:

“It is these that follow the lamb where ever He goes.”

Does this describe you?

Do you trust Jesus enough to do whatever He tells you to do? Do you trust Him enough to go wherever He tells you to go? Do you trust Him enough to say whatever He tells you to say to whomever He tells you to say it?

Sheep do not calculate before obeying the commands of their shepherd. Sheep obey because they recognize the voice of the shepherd whom they have come to trust. If you are not following Jesus, it is evidence that you don’t truly trust Him—that you don’t truly believe that He is good, or that He has your best interests in mind. It matters not if you profess to know Him. It matters not if you know the ins and outs of the Gospel. The question is, “Do you follow Him?”

If Jesus is your Shepherd, you will follow Him. How can you not follow the One who laid down His life for you? How can you not trust the One who purchased you for God with the payment of His own blood?

Consider what John says in 1 John 2:3-6.

“[3] And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, [5] but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: [6] whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”

Regardless of whether you claim to know Him, your walk validates whether your profession is true or not. If you don’t walk as He walked, you may profess to be in Christ, but you are not. If you are one of His sheep you will follow Him wherever He goes. This is not to say that you will follow perfectly, but it does mean that following Jesus will mark your life. And why will you follow Him? Because you know Him—you know that He is good, you know that He is faithful, you know that He is who He has claimed to be.

What a joy it is to be in His fold. What a joy it is to live with confidence knowing that I am safe so long as I am with Him. What a delight it is to know that the very One who calls me and commands me is good.

The One who calls me and commands me laid down His life for me! He calls me and commands me not to make life difficult. He calls me and commands me because He truly loves me. He calls me and commands me because He has so much for me if only I will follow.

May it be said of me and you, “It is these that follow the lamb where ever He goes.”

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Jimmy Snowden

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Jimmy Snowden is a pastor/teacher in New Hampshire. He and his wife Kristal have the delight of raising their happy special needs son, James.


NOTE: This is Part 4 of a five-part series exhorting believers to test themselves to assure they are in Christ.  Click here for Part 5, the final contribution in this series…