Testify Series: Day 18

Yestrday’s post had me reading ahead. We’ve covered so many wonderful moments in Jesus’ life, yet there are so many that we haven’t even gotten to, it has me on the edge of my seat!

Today we are reading John 10:1-21.

Jesus begins trying to explain a spiritual truth with an agricultural explanation. Jesus is the gate/way and the Shepherd. The sheep hear the voice of their shepherd as He leads them out. They follow him and won’t follow a stranger because they don’t know his voice.

The purpose of this parable is to show that He is the way to eternal life and harkens back to Psalm 23 where the Lord is described as our Shepherd. He knows us and we know Him. We know His voice and He sacrifices His life for us, His sheep. He lays His life down and can take it up again.

He gives us freedom and good pastures.

As a mom, I lay down the burden of many of my anxieties as I read through Jesus’ words. I think of myself as holding open the gate for Jesus to come in my heart and home, pointing my kids to the Way and their Shepherd. I listen for Jesus’ voice as I lean on Him to show me how to be a mom after His heart. I trust that He will lead me as I lead and feed His little lambs. Just as He’s called me to specific things, I believe that He will call them by name to go out and serve in their own ways in His Name, too.

Although the voice of the enemy is loud in our generation and he’s working hard to steal, kill, and destroy the family, I stand on God’s word that my kids won’t follow a stranger and will run from him because they don’t know his voice. (vs. 9-10) May the voice of the Lord always be louder to them.

I have faith that in Him they will have “a rich and satisfying life.” (vs 10)

He wants to give us a rich and satisfying life, too. The older I get the more I see that my contentment doesn’t come from money, trips, things and experiences that I thought were the ultimate blessings. The most full days I have are when I lay my head on my pillow at night knowing I have met with God, spent one on one time with my kids in His word, thanked Him for my blessings as I’ve gone throughout my day, and aimed to be an encouragement to those in my presence. A bonus is when I get to be around others who spur me on in my faith in my community, family or at church.

At the end of today’s reading we once again see a divided crowd trying to come to terms with who Jesus is. Our eternity and the measure of the fullness of our life here on earth is hinged on the same question.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

May goodness and mercy follow you today and I pray you have an opportunity to tell someone what Jesus has done for you.

Emily

2 Comments

  1. Nelda D Sneed says:

    Thank you Em for this today. You are so precious. God gave you a wonderful gift of writing and your faith. I’m encouraged everyday reading your series. Love you 💞

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    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, Mrs. Dawn. ❤️

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