Read: John 10:1-42
“It’s Me or the world. It’s time to decide.” I was about 26 years old: a young believer and a young wife in Birmingham, Alabama. I had served one year as a core leader in a Community Bible Study class. They asked me if I would come back the next year. I told them I could not because I had been accepted to the Junior League of Birmingham, and their meetings created a scheduling conflict. Alyce, a strong woman in her sixties, confronts me in the hall one night at Bible study. “I hear you are not returning next year. There will always be women for the Junior League but not always women to serve here. Have you prayed about your decision?” Nervously I answered, “No, ma’am, but I will.”
I prayed. I asked God to lead me. “It’s Me or the world. It’s time to decide,” was what I heard in my head. It wasn’t audible, but it was clear.
I had heard the shepherd. He called me out to pasture. That particular pasture led to about fifteen years of ministry. I served in different roles. I grew immensely in my understanding of the Good Shepherd. I was surrounded and mentored by some of the best sheep around. I am glad I “heard”.
Jesus tells us in John 10:9-10:
Many voices are vying for our attention. Some good and some not so good. Jesus promises that listening to His voice leads us to an abundant life. In His flock, there is provision and protection. He will not leave us hungry or alone. In contrast, He promises to feed us and lay down His life for us.
Through His sacrificial death on our behalf, Jesus has truly met our greatest need. Through faith in His death as payment for our sins and His resurrection for our right standing, You and I are forever sheep in His flock. John 10:28 says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”
Jesus also says that His sheep listen to His voice, and they follow Him. When I ignore the voice of God, I regret it. It may be a small daily decision that I feel nudged in that I ignore or a louder voice that tells me either to stay or to go that I ignore. To not follow is always a decision I regret. God knows me, and He knows my need. He knows where He is leading me, and He knows where He is leading everyone around me. He is trustworthy.
In contrast, when you and I listen and follow the Good Shepherd, He leads us to what is right whether we understand it or not. We rarely know what is at stake when we choose to follow. He promises if we listen to Him, we will find pasture.
It’s scary to think that I never even prayed about the original decision to leave Community Bible Study. I was just going to do what made sense to me. I am so thankful God gave me another chance by having an older woman encourage me to pray about my decision.
Is this your second chance? Is there a decision you need to pray about? Is there something that God has already given you an answer to and you need to follow Him?
In your Going Deeper Participant Guide, let’s look at Day 11 beginning on page 25. Complete Look at the Details and Personal Application sections. Then come back here and share your answer to the following discussion question in the comment section below. (You can find the comment section at the bottom of this message. Just scroll down and you’ll see the words “Post a Comment.” Click there and share your responses.) Or, join the conversation on our Facebook Community Group.
"Is there something God is asking you to do? Would you share it with us so we can pray for you and encourage you?"
I will be posting my responses in the comment section and Facebook, so I hope to see you there! Thanks for going on this journey together! #undividedwomen