For those who profess to be Christ followers, I ask: “Are you sheepish?” Oh, I don’t mean shy or embarrassed easily, that would be the total opposite of what Jesus meant. When teaching on who is a true follower and what they will do, Christ used the following example:
“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:1-5 NLT (emphasis mine)
So, now that you know Jesus’ definition of a follower, I ask again, “Are you sheepish?”
1. Do you recognize the voice of Jesus?
If you are like most folks, your home is one of your most cherished possessions. We feel safe and protected when at home. Home is where the heart is, right? Homes can also be an expression of our inner personalities, our likes and our dislikes. Is your home a one-story or a two-story, brick or siding, large or small?
Regardless of what our homes look like, they contain things that are dear to us, such as our families, our photos, and those things we keep stuffing in the attic or the basement! However, there is one thing that can make or break the structure of our home – the foundation. A bad foundation can lead to a major disaster.
Just like our physical home, our spiritual lives must be built on a solid foundation. Jesus would use the following parable to make this point:
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 NLT