“Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (Jn 10:25-27)
In Greek, the word translated ‘church’ is ‘ecclesia’. It means to call out someone by name. In other words, the members of the Body of Christ are people who are ‘called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light’. The church on earth is a mixed multitude. Some are the true believers, called by God. Others have called themselves. These are the false believers. Jesus used a parable to describe the true believers as sheep and the religious unbelievers as goats. For a long time these groups of people look identical. But with time, as they mature, you shall see the difference. The true believers produce the fruit of the Spirit; they truly love God and one another. The false believers do not love anybody except themselves. You shall be deeply disappointed if you deal with them.
I remember something from my childhood that helps me understand this ‘holy calling’. As children, each summer, my sister and I went to spend our vacation in the villages of our grandparents. Things were very different than the city life we used to know. For example, early in the morning, a particular man comes down the street and loudly calls different names. At the beginning I thought that they were people. Later I discovered that he was calling the cows. Each household had cows. Each morning they are follow this man to the fields of green grass. In the evening they come back again. The cows that know his voice are always ready early in the morning, restless, waiting and making noise behind the gate. As soon as the gate is open, they happily go out and follow the shepherd. But I discovered that some cows continue to sleep inside. They do not hear the man’s voice and do not follow the rest cows. I was very surprised to discover that. This is a true story.
Now, these are some very serious destiny questions:
Do you know the voice of Jesus? Do you hear your Savior calling you, to wake up from sleep and follow Him, in the journey of eternal life? Or are you sleeping the sleep of hunger and death? Are you lead moment by moment by the Spirit of Christ? Are you ready to follow the Lord every day? Do you love Jesus and the fellowship of the brethren?
As for me: “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back!” Glory to God!
(in the picture, cows gather to follow their shepherd in a Romanian village)