My Sheep Hear My Voice

February 1, 2017
by John Rowe

John 10:27-28 – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. (NKJV)

My wife Ruth and I farmed on the shores of Kagawong Lake on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. We had the privilege of raising sheep for a number of years. Since then, we have also had the privilege of doing short-term mission work in Bolivia, Brazil, and Rwanda. On most of these trips, I have used today's verses from John 10.

My use of them stemmed from our buying the farm next door from Mr. Brown. We had a large flock of sheep, and he also had about twenty-five sheep. When he sold the farm to us, he and his wife kept their house and garage. Later, we bought all his sheep at his dispersal auction sale. We just opened the line fence and let all the sheep blend into one flock. Two years later, as a regular occurrence, I was visiting Mr. Brown, and he challenged me.

He said, "You think all those sheep are yours."

I said, "I have a bill of sale to prove it."

There were probably at least ten of his original twenty-five in my flock. They were perhaps a hundred yards down in the pasture behind the garage. Mr. Brown called, and the ten left the flock and came to the back of the garage, while the balance of seventy-five or eighty paid no attention.

I used that scenario time and time again on my mission trips, and I would say, "I am from Canada. I do not know any of you. You are like my flock of sheep: some are white, some are darker, some have beautiful hair, some are bald like me. But what matters is where your heart is. The Lord Jesus is going to come back and call those who know and love Him to be with Him eternally. It will be like Mr. Brown's sheep: only those who know the Saviour will hear and understand the call. Make sure that you know Christ as your personal Saviour so that you will answer the call of the Master as Mr. Brown's sheep answered his call."

Prayer: Lord, we pray that each one reading this devotional has had, or will have a personal experience of accepting the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour and are anticipating the call of the Master. May we all meet in heaven one day! Amen.

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John Rowe <ruthjohn.rowe@gmail.com>
Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word John.


    Thanks for sharing this wonderful example to explain our Lord Jesus Christ’s words. Blessings.


    I remember hearing that story a long time ago. Thanks for sharing it. It sure makes a good point.


    Good analogy John!
    Blessings.


    Dear John:
    BAAAA BAAA,I hear you and I hear the Lord! Praise be to God!


    I love today’s devotional. Thank you for writing it. It speaks to me in today’s chaotic world within the US. Jesus can call me anytime; I’m ready.


    Thanks for sharing your eye-opening experience with us. The sheep never forgot to whom they belonged … and we think them dumb!


    Sheep will follow the Master. You have proved that to me.
    Thank You!
    (Ont.)


    Excellent message, thank you. I spent some great vacations on Kagawong Lake. A lovely Island.
    Blessings,
    (On.)


    Dear John,
    Many thanks for your devotional today. It is exceptional!!!
    Please keep writing to inspire us again.


    Good morning John,
    I like your inspirational story. I am certain that your testimony will touch many people.
    Thank you.


    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. My husband and I drive to Manitoulin Island every year in the summer time. I love the peace and friendliness of the islanders. I look forward to driving there again this year, God willing of course. Keep writing.


    Hi,
    Thank you for your devotional. I didn’t know that about sheep! Your story makes what Jesus said more comprehensive.
    Blessings.


    Hi John and Ruth,
    Glad to see your story about the sheep. It is so true, as sheep in God’s pasture, we will never forget His voice when he calls us.
    Blessings.


    Hi John,
    That is a perfectly wonderful story and I think appropriate for the Sunday School class I teach. Many of the children have very DIFFICULT situations at home. The sheep comparison may well be perfect for them as we live in rural Central Texas.
    Thank you.


    Thank you John for your devotional this morning. It is very enjoyable. Some think animals have no smarts but they truly do. May we be as obedient as sheep and follow “our Shepherd’s” example and calling in our daily living.
    Blessings upon you,
    (B.C.)


    Ruth & John: All I knew about sheep was from the Holy Bible and the few times I wandered about my Uncle’s farm when I was but a child. Over thousands of years a sheep’s faithfulness to its owner has not changed as your reported up-to-date event proves. Were it so for ALL we humans on this planet of God’s.
    Oh yes, I also remember the super warm mitts my parents bought me made from a sheep’s hide. Ah, those days! May our God continue to bless you real good.


    Enjoyed reading your devotion. Keep up the good work.


    Even though I’m a Muslim, I loved Jesus more than ever before.
    Blessings.


    Thank you John
    Obviously Mr. Brown was loved by his sheep. Let us heed the call of our master as well.


    Dear John,
    A great illustration and a great application.
    Keep using it and ever-so-many more!
    Our Lord knows us and we know him and love him.


    Hi John and Ruth, your devotional was excellent, so easy to relate to and very meaningful. Thanks for your effort and time, very well worth it.


    Dear John,
    What a wonderful devotional, from true life. Never thought of it that way.

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