Hear Me, Follow Me ~ Pastor Fletch

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

This statement of Jesus comes at a moment where the religious Jews are getting frustrated with him. Just a few verses earlier it says the Jews surrounded Jesus in the Temple and asked him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” That frustration didn’t happen without reason. Jesus had been teaching in parables to purposefully hide the truth from the religious leaders (Matthew 13:13) because they continually denied his authority and questioned his miracles (Matthew 12:24). So, when Jesus says, my sheep hear my voice, it’s more than a potshot to their spiritual dullness of hearing.

Everyone has a shepherd, and sheep always follow the voice of their shepherd. Jesus drew a really clear line in the sand. If you don’t hear my voice, you won’t follow me, which means you don’t belong to me, which also means you have a different shepherd. When we read the Bible and see all these men and women who actually SEE Jesus, and SEE his miracles, and HEAR his teachings, yet the keep wandering around wondering if he’s the Christ, it proves that they aren’t his sheep.  But those people who see and hear and believe – even if they don’t understand everything – they are HIS sheep, and they FOLLOW.  A follower has assurance of their hope in Christ and they follow, but a wanderer can’t make up their mind about Jesus… they’re following a different voice.

But even Jesus’ sheep have problems following. We are prone to going our own way, leaving when we want to leave, stopping when we want to stop, taking detours, and all of that comes from a mindset that we have a better plan than Jesus.  The amount of pride that is necessary to really believe that you have a better plan than the one who created you and created the earth and the heavens is staggering.  We are crazy to think for even one second that we know best! Which really boils it down to this.  Jesus is our Shepherd. Jesus is our sacrificial Lamb, slain on the cross for our sins. Jesus is our resurrected and returning King. When he says, “Follow me,” it’s way more than just a request. It’s the best plan, the best direction, the only path, the only way, and the greater destiny of our eternal lives… that’s why we must follow him. He has prepared good works in advance for us to walk in (Ephesians 2:10). Following him is how those things get accomplished.

Maybe you’re a wanderer today. You are following the voice of a different shepherd.  THE GREAT SHEPHERD wants you to hear his voice and follow Him. Jesus Christ is the Great Shepherd! Would you consider following him today? We were created to follow so we’re all following someone, but only ONE voice will lead us to eternal life with the Father. If you’re going to follow someone, let it be Jesus Christ.

3 Comments


Tatumn - January 9th, 2020 at 12:22pm

I’m loving these devotions. You all should send these even after the fast.

Katie Steelman - January 9th, 2020 at 1:49pm

Amen! What a great message!

Malachi Fletcher - January 9th, 2020 at 1:50pm

Yes!! Really enjoying them!