Marie’s daily verse: Psalm 65:5 (NLT)You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.

DAILY DEVOTION, Dec. 2, 2021

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27).

Here we see a picture of a Christian. We know there are hypocrites in the church who claim to be Christians, but their lives do not reflect the simple truths of our verse. The sheep of Jesus are His disciples. They hear His voice. They hear His voice in Scripture, a voice that resonates in the soul.  They drink deeply of His words. They want to know more and more, and so they listen to the voice of Jesus. Yes, there are other voices we hear, but Christians place the voice of Jesus at the top of the list.

Those who hear the voice of Jesus are distinguished from hypocrites. True disciples follow Jesus. That is the simple way in which we identify a true Christian. They follow Jesus. They seek to do His will. They look for ways to serve Him. He is at the very center of their hearts. So there are two questions this verse raises for us: do I hear the voice of Jesus? Am I following Him?

Father, open my ears that I may hear the Master’s voice. I pray for the courage to follow Him. I want to be one of His sheep. In His name, I pray, Amen.  

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