Jesus said:"My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27. Very few believers HEAR the voice of Jesus. Very few know Jesus and are known by Him. Very few believers follow Jesus.
Why is that? Are they really His sheep? Jesus said:"He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”John 8:47. Most believers are of their church. They understand and accept the teachings of their church and their preachers but they do not understand the words of Jesus. They are for ever studying the Bible and seeking a new interpretation of scripture but they never come to understanding, because they never accepted Jesus. They simply do not belong to Him.
The words of Jesus, the words that He spoke and taught, as also recorded in the gospels, Matthew Mark Luke and John, those are the words of eternal life, but most believers do not accept them. Neither do they obey them. They are not children of God.
The apostle John wrote in John 1:12"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." Those who have received Jesus, accepted Him as their Lord and Master, have the right to become children of God. They are born again because they embrace Jesus and His words. They go after Him and live their lives to please Him. They repent and are baptized in water, born again of Spirit and of water. They do not argue His words. They embrace Him and therefor it is given to them to see and enter the kingdom of God. they hear His voice, and they follow Him.
Jesus said:“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John 3:3. Jesus said:“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."John 3:5,6.
Most believers are not children of God. They are not Jesus' sheep. They do not hear His voice and they do not follow Him. They believe they are saved because they confess to believe in Jesus, but they have no relationship with Him. They are deceived, lost and doomed.
Those who receive Jesus, embrace and obey Him, will hear His voice. They will understand His words and they will be able to follow Him.
If we draw closer to Jesus, He will draw closer to us. If we seek Him, we will find Him and we will know Him. He will know us and in Him we will have eternal life.
Are you one of Jesus' sheep? Do you hear His voice and do you follow Him? Does Jesus know you? Or will he say to you:"Go away I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness?
May Jesus bless you.