In Romans, God tells us that He called us to Himself and He has called us for a purpose Romans 8:28-30 NLT . He has called us into fellowship with Himself 1 Cor,1:9 NKJV. He has called us to be His saints. 1 Cor. 1:2 NKJV. He has called us with a holy calling for His works, not our own 1 Tim 1:8-9 NKJV. He has called us and given each of us special abilities to serve others 1Peter 4:11 NKJV. He has called us to be witnesses, conquerors and over-comers. How long will we keep using the excuse, “I wasn’t called to _____”.? We were called to follow Jesus, When we follow someone, we do what they do and we say wht they say. Isn’t that what Jesus said? “I do what I see my Father doing and I say what He says to say” (paraphrased). When God calls us, we are no longer spectators, we are called to be participants. We are called to produce fruit and we can only produce fruit, if we are attached to the vine and do what the vine instructs us to do. If we are apart from the vine, we have no power to produce fruit that is like the vine.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
Jesus seems to be saying to Peter, mind your own business. Your duty is to follow me, not to be overly concerned about what others are doing. That is good advice for us in today’s world as well. We need to stay focused on Jesus and not those around us. Yes, we need to respect those that are in spiritual authority over us, but we are not to make them idols. Sooner or later, the flesh will fail, but Jesus never has failed and He never will fail. What we need to do is accept Jesus as Lord of our life, obey His commands, follow His example and do what He has called and gifted us to do in His Kingdom. If we stay faithful in doing that, we will have little, if any, time to criticize and judge our brothers and sisters. Doing this means we cannot and do not accept blindly the words of others. We must make sure they are aligned with the Holy Scriptures. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.–1 Thess. 5:20-22 (NLT)
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
1 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the person who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The one who guards the door opens it for him. And the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he brings all his sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger. They will run away from him because they don’t know his voice.” 6 Jesus told the people this story, but they did not understand what it meant.—John 10:1-6 (NLT)
It is often heard that sheep are dumb,stupid animals. That statement is, of course, up for debate. Sheep are gregarious and are natural followers, this is for their own protection and it also makes them easier to herd. They do have an excellent sense of hearing which could explain why they know their shepherd’s voice. They will follow the shepherd because they know his voice. Without a shepherd, they will follow the lead sheep wherever he goes, even unto death. Where there is only one sheepfold, all the shepherds put their sheep into that holding area for the night. It is guarded by a gatekeeper who allows only the shepherds to go in the next morning and call their sheep. Only that particular shepherd’s sheep will follow him because sheep will not follow a stranger. Jesus wanted the people to understand that there was more than one shepherd in the world. Would they follow the voice of the True Shepherd or the voice of the deceiver? At birth, we humans are all in the same sheepfold and hear those same voices today. Which voice will you learn to recognize and follow?