following Jesus. hearing His voice.

At WE we’ve spoken a lot lately about simplifying.  Focusing on what really matters.  Removing the clutter from our lives.  Freeing ourselves from the noose that we’ve slipped into.  “Throwing off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily trips us up and running this Christian race well” (to paraphrase Hebrews 12:2).

We’re unpacking some key spiritual disciplines on Sunday mornings together.  We’re seeking to practice the presence of God and striving to live lives that reflect the Lordship of Jesus in very real and very practical ways.  Discipline is key.  And as we’ve set things into motion over the last few weeks, we’ll consider in the weeks ahead not only the familiar disciplines of prayer and study and Christian community, but also the not so familiar disciplines of fasting and silence and contentment (as well as others).

Jesus says, “The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.  The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice” (John 10:2-4).

I can’t read these words of Jesus in John 10 and not think of what the writer of the Hebrew letter reveals to us as he states, “Therefore brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body… let us draw near to God….” (Hebrews 10:19-22a).

Jesus is the way to God.  In Him we have access to God.  In Him we are brought near to God.  It’s a close, intimate, spiritual connection and relationship.

But… can we hear our Savior’s voice?

Tuning in to God.  Getting rid of the static of our lives and hearing our Savior’s voice.  “He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.”  How can we follow Him well, if His voice is drowned out by all the noise we are allowing in?

Glory to God!

Jason

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