January 29, 2024

Bob Maas
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
John 10:1-5

On numerous occasions, Jesus would say something and added a phrase, “Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Jesus knew that some people could hear and understand while others may have listened but did not comprehend.

When I started following Jesus, I asked many questions because I didn’t grasp what was said. The man who led me to the Lord had a lot of patience because I was inquisitive, and some of my inquiries were redundant. Nevertheless, he did his best to help me learn and gave me tools that I could use on my own. He helped me acquire a Study Bible with good maps, a concordance, and a dictionary.

When I discovered the Navigator’s Topical Memory System, I hid Scripture in my heart. The more I learned, the more I was able to have answers to questions that arose. God sent people into my life who taught and encouraged me to examine different philosophies and compare what I learned with the Bible.

Today, after following Jesus for almost sixty years, I know His voice much more precisely than I did when I was a new believer. Over time, I have trained my senses to discern between good and evil. My understanding of God’s ways has become more easily perceived because of life experiences. I have made many mistakes of my own and learned from the mishaps of others.

One thing is sure. The more I surrender to God, the simpler life comes to be.