When the sheep follow the shepherd

By Dave Henning / May 15, 2017

“When the sheep follow the shepherd, they find pasture.  They find life.  Life doesn’t magically come to us.  We have to make ourselves available to it.”- John Eldredge

“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. . . .  He goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”- John 10:3-4

In the Summer section of Walking with God, John Eldredge defines summer.  He views summer as “a time of restoration and renewal, and for finding our way back to joy.”  To find that restoration and renewal, we must connect with the life that comes to us from God.  Everything else flows out of this life.

Furthermore, rest provides one of the ways we receive the life of Christ.  Too often, rest feels like a luxury.  However, “God loves us too much to leave us to our own devices.  Therefore, John suggests that a new prayer must begin to rise within us.  We need to ask God, What is the life you want me to live (emphasis John’s)?”

Most noteworthy, John adds, that question is perhaps one of the most important questions we could ever bring to God.  For getting an answer to that question changes everything.  In addition, the author notes, one word describes yielding to Christ in the details- including the small decisions- of our lives: amazing.

But asking God to reveal the life He wants you to live = too big a question to ask.  As John discusses in the next blog, he sees the need to start with something smaller- simple questions.

Today’s question: What Bible verses lead you to follow the shepherd?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “A posture of quiet surrender”

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