But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
I’m now two weeks in to HelloMornings and one week in to my new small group study. My small group is watching the Frequency DVD series by Robert Morris, Senior Pastor of Gateway Church. We’re also reading The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond by Bill Hybels.
This week’s assignment for HelloMornings was to read a chapter each day to gain an overview of 1 Peter. I loved how Peter kept telling us to persevere through our struggles.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13
We are the chosen people of God, His beloved, the sheep to His Shepard.
For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25
How he called us, as Christ’s followers, to be beautiful inside, to have gentle and quiet spirits, reminding us to be humble and that we are blessed.
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation and do not be troubled. 1 Peter 2:14
Peter challenges us to view suffering with joy and blessings, giving glory to our Lord, because we are His and He will keep us.
For it is time for judgment to begin within the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
Peter also reminds us that no matter how great we think our suffering is, we are not alone.
But resist [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 1 Peter 5:9
The Lord doesn’t change; He is the same day after day. He love us, He keeps us, He talks to us. But like sheep, we need to be taught how to hear our Shepard’s voice.
Hearing God is not something you do. Hearing God is someone you are. Robert Morris
I want to persevere. I want to be beautiful inside. I want to glorify the Lord during my struggles. I want to never forget that I am kept. I want to be a sheep.