// READ: JOHN 10:1-10 //
10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

These are the believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, they are the children of the Living God (John 10:4; 14). They are of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:6). Righteous (Matthew 25:33). Those that were lost and found (Luke 15:6). These are the people that have shepherd (Ezekiel 34:12; Heb. 13:20). When you make yourself the sheep of the Lord; the Lord will become your shepherd and you will never want anything good. Sheep have no defensive mechanism; they are not like rams with horns. Sheep do not have horns, they trust solely in the defense of the shepherd. Are you a sheep of the Lord? If God will be your shepherd, you have to become His sheep.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to cherish and remain in the sheepfold.

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