John 10:27 - Who Is A Sheep?

John 10:27 - Who Is A Sheep?

John 10:27 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and 
they follow me:  

In vain do we hear his voice if we do not follow him. (Matthew 
Henry's Commentary) 

True disciples hear the Lord's voice and follow Him. They know 
the security of being united with Him. They neither complain nor 
rebel. They obey. Simply put, discipleship is total obedience to 
Christ. [Disciple SB] 

How do we recognize God's people? What are the marks of faith? 
They believe in Jesus. They listen to Jesus' voice. They follow Him. 
Confession, obedience, and allegiance are the marks of the true believer. 
[Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

They hear His voice, which means they hear His Word and respond 
to it. The unsaved have little or no interest in the Bible; true 
sheep live in the Word. . . . They follow Christ, which speaks of 
obedience. No one has a right to claim to be one of Christ's sheep if he or 
she lives in willful, persistent, open disobedience, and refuses to 
do something about it. . . . Sheep are a beautiful illustration of 
Christians. Sheep are clean animals, and Christians have been cleansed from 
their sin. Sheep flock together, and so do true believers. Sheep are 
harmless, and Christians should be blameless and harmless. Sheep are given 
to wandering--and so are we! Sheep need a shepherd for protection, 
guidance, and food; and we need Christ for spiritual protection, daily 
guidance, and spiritual food. Sheep are useful and productive; so are true 
Christians. Finally, sheep were used for sacrifices; and Christians are 
willing to yield themselves for Christ as "living sacrifices" (Rom. 
12:1). [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

We should follow our Lord as unhesitatingly as sheep follow 
their shepherd, for he has a right to lead us wherever he pleases. We 
are not our own, we are bought with a price--let us recognize the 
rights of the redeeming blood. The soldier follows his captain, the 
servant obeys his master, much more must we follow our Redeemer, to whom 
we are a purchased possession. We are not true to our profession of 
being Christians, if we question the bidding of our Leader and 
Commander. Submission is our duty, cavilling is our folly. Often might our 
Lord say to us as to Peter, "What is that to thee? Follow thou me." 
Wherever Jesus may lead us, he goes before us. If we know not where we 
go, we know with whom we go. With such a companion, who will dread 
the perils of the road? The journey may be long, but his everlasting 
arms will carry us to the end. The presence of Jesus is the assurance 
of eternal salvation, because he lives, we shall live also. We 
should follow Christ in simplicity and faith, because the paths in 
which he leads us all end in glory and immortality. It is true they 
may not be smooth paths--they may be covered with sharp flinty 
trials, but they lead to the "city which hath foundations, whose builder 
and maker is God." "All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth 
unto such as keep his covenant." Let us put full trust in our Leader, 
since we know that, come prosperity or adversity, sickness or health, 
popularity or contempt, his purpose shall be worked out, and that purpose 
shall be pure, unmingled good to every heir of mercy. We shall find it 
sweet to go up the bleak side of the hill with Christ; and when rain 
and snow blow into our faces, his dear love will make us far more 
blest than those who sit at home and warm their hands at the world's 
fire. To the top of Amana, to the dens of lions, or to the hills of 
leopards, we will follow our Beloved. Precious Jesus, draw us, and we will 
run after thee. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon] 

When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, 
the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan's constant effort 
to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent 
the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of 
the world, life's cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of 
others, or your own faults and imperfections--to any or all of these he 
will seek to divert the mind. Do not be misled by his devices. Many 
who are really conscientious, and who desire to live for God, he too 
often leads to dwell upon their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by 
separating them from Christ he hopes to gain the victory. We should not 
make self the center and indulge anxiety and fear as to whether we 
shall be saved. All this turns the soul away from the Source of our 
strength. Commit the keeping of your soul to God, and trust in Him. Talk 
and think of Jesus. Let self be lost in Him. Put away all doubt; 
dismiss your fears. Say with the apostle Paul, "I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live 
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for 
me." Galatians 2:20. Rest in God. He is able to keep that which you 
have committed to Him. If you will leave yourself in His hands, He 
will bring you off more than conqueror through Him that has loved 
When Christ took human nature upon Him, He bound humanity to 
Himself by a tie of love that can never be broken by any power save the 
choice of man himself. Satan will constantly present allurements to 
induce us to break this tie--to choose to separate ourselves from 
Christ. Here is where we need to watch, to strive, to pray, that nothing 
may entice us to choose another master; for we are always free to do 
this. But let us keep our eyes fixed upon Christ, and He will preserve 
us. Looking unto Jesus, we are safe. Nothing can pluck us out of His 
hand. In constantly beholding Him, we "are changed into the same image 
from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 
Corinthians 3:18. SC71, 2 

Jesus places mankind in two categories:  those who follow Him 
and those who do not.  Those who follow Him are in the minority and 
must struggle against the current of our time in order to be obedient 
to Him.  The Lord calls His followers to a life of selflessness; 
the world encourages each to get all that he can.  The Lord calls 
His followers to a life of patient waiting; the world urges 
immediate gratification.  The Lord calls His followers to labor for the 
kingdom; the world strives for bigger, better, and the most now.  What do 
you do more than others?  Are you more selfless or selfish?  Are you 
waiting or striving?  Does what you do have eternal or temporal 
significance?  Think about it! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]