Who Do You Follow?

 

Alan Smith reports of a German shepherd guide-dog for the blind by the name of "Lucky", who has so far been responsible for the deaths of all four of his previous owners. "We will not have him put down. Lucky is basically a good guide dog," Ernst Gerber, a dog trainer from Wuppertal, Germany told reporters. "He just needs a little brush-up on some elementary skills, that's all."

"I admit it's not an impressive record on paper" says Gerber. "He led his first owner in front of a bus, and the second off the end of a pier. He actually pushed his third owner off a railway platform just as the Cologne to Frankfurt express was approaching and he walked his fourth owner into heavy traffic, before abandoning him and running away to safety. But, apart from epileptic fits, he has a lovely temperament. And guide dogs are difficult to train these days." Asked if Lucky's fifth owner would be told about his previous record, Gerber replied: "No. It would make them nervous, and would make Lucky nervous. And when Lucky gets nervous he's liable to do something silly."

Oh dear. There are a lot of people and organisations just like Lucky aren't there? As the Bible defines them - The Blind Leading The Blind. Alan says, "we need to take a good look at who (or what) it is that is leading us. Who (or what) have you chosen to follow? The answer is important because many of our choices are just as deadly as trusting dogs like Lucky. There is only one truly safe guide, Jesus said:

"He who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep...When he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." (John 10:2,4,5)

Notice it says He who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep! Not one who sneaks in through a left open window - do you know what I mean? God's people don't know the voice of false shepherds (or "strangers" as the Scripture puts it which literally means, "Belonging to another - an Enemy") and because they don't know their voice they don't follow them. So what does that say about those who do?

Jesus went on to talk about thieves, who come only to steal, kill and destroy. These are the "Strangers" of which He spoke earlier in the text.

Be vigilant folks, these are the days of false prophets, deceived teachers, ear ticklers and wolves in sheep's clothing. Stay close to the Shepherd, train your ears to hear only His voice, only then can you be safe!

 

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