Following The Good Shepherd (And Not The Bad Ones)

“When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” –John 10:4

Something hit me today as I was listening to another minister’s sermon. It wasn’t the sermon that got my attention. It was just a single phrase that was said: “Hearing the voice of God…” That phrase for whatever reason reminded me of the teaching of Jesus over in John 10 as he gave the illustration about him being the Good Shepherd and the Shepherd of the Sheep. The context of the passage has to do with Jesus talking to the Pharisees—those who were supposed to be the shepherds of Israel, under their one Shepherd, God.

Patience, Discipline, and Faith

In the context of God’s commands for parents, consider the text of Hebrews 12:5-11. Let’s focus on verse 11 of that passage:

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

There are three important parts to this verse.