Posting a little late as I am traveling today, but here is your moment of Zen …
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life. They shall never perish, nor shall anyone snatch them from My hand.” — John 10:27-28 MEV
When I first read this verse, I was delighted because I know that we are all part of Christ’s flock – – his sacrifice was sufficient for every sin, and every human, every being capable of sin on our earth, is forgiven and free in Jesus name. But then, as I began to meditate, I felt like Jesus was showing me he has sheep who don’t know his voice. He says here that his sheep hear his voice – – he doesn’t say all his sheep hear or know his voice.
And when you come right down to it, all my life I would’ve claimed to be part of his flock—And I was. I believed in him, I had confessed him as my Savior, I relied on him as a child. But as far as hearing his voice, no. I did not begin to hear his voice or experience his presence in a real way on an ongoing basis until I was well into my 40’s.
But then, then my entire concept and understanding of what it means to be “in Christ” was completely transformed. Then I realized, there was an infinite and overwhelming source of love directed at me, of which I could grasp just the tiniest bit – – but that made all the difference in my life. Beginning to receive his love, feel his presence, and truly hear his voice, as a friend with a friend, that turned my world upside down. Which in his crazy system means right side up. It’s a topsy-turvy world with death equals life and last equals first.
So now I hear his voice, now I am one of those sheep to whom he has given eternal life, according to the Scripture. But this is problematic – – I still believe that every single person is bound for eternal life with Christ. So I must believe that at some point in this life or in the world to come every single one of us will abandon our march to hell and receive the love of Christ.
In the meantime, let’s remember a previous verse we examined where Jesus said to God, this is eternal life: that they may know you the one true God and Jesus Christ the one you have sent. I can say, that the real life, the good life worth living, began when I came to know, in a real an intimate way, the one true God and Jesus Christ. When his sheep hear his voice, then eternal life begins.