Celebrating 30 Years of March Retreat, Devotional #9
We hope by now you have received your 30-Day Devotional Guide created by your Flourish Committee. If you haven't, we may not have a correct address for you. You can find a printable pdf version of the Devotional on our website www.theflourishconference.org or at www.cggcwomen.org. Over the next several months, we will be posting each devotional on our blog as well, helping us to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Today's blog post commemorates the ninth year of the March Retreat.
#9 2000 Speakers: Mary Glynn Peeples; Char Binkley; Adelle Campbell Ewe-niquely Ewe in Jesus
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
~John 10:27 (NIV)~
Many times, the Bible compares us to sheep. You might not think this is very flattering since sheep are known to be pretty foolish, fairly helpless, and can get pretty smelly—but at least they are kind of cute and fluffy. In this scripture passage, as Jesus is interacting with Jewish religious leaders, he lays out a good test to know if you are one of his sheep:
His sheep listen to his voice.
Sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd, listening intently for it among the noise. Sheep also know when they hear a voice that is not their shepherd’s voice—and they run away from it!
He knows his sheep.
A shepherd knows his sheep. He knows they belong to him. Our Shepherd knows us even better than we know ourselves.
His sheep follow him.
Shepherds lead their sheep; they don’t drive them. Shepherds go on ahead and show the way, and because the sheep know who their shepherd is, the sheep respond to this relationship by being willing to follow their shepherd.
Living “ewe-niquely ewe” in Jesus means knowing both who you are and whose you are. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God has “eweniquely” created each of his sheep and has ordained “ewenique” things for each sheep to accomplish.
Trust the Shepherd, and obey his leading. Rest in the truth that He knows you, and you belong to Him.
Lord, help me to hear and follow Your voice. I praise You for knowing me and creating me.
Thoughts to meditate on:
1. Examine your life for any voices that are not from your Shepherd- and run away!
2. What do you need to surrender to be able to trust the Shepherd’s voice and be willing to go where He leads?
Author: Amy Wilt