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“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

[Jesus said this to His disciples and of course tells us the same thing today!]

“Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I BECAME YOUR FATHER THROUGH THE GOSPEL. So I’m asking you to follow my example.” (1 Corin. 4:15-16)

[The Corinthians became Christians under Paul’s ministry. He laid the foundation of a church among them. Others could only build upon it. Whatever other teachers they had, HE WAS THEIR SPIRITUAL FATHER. There normally is, and always ought to be, an endeared affection between faithful ministers and those they win to Christ Jesus through the gospel! Paul encourages them, as we should to those we bring to the Lord, to FOLLOW US as we follow Christ, to do as Paul does!]

“Jesus…looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might GIVE ETERNAL LIFE to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: THAT THEY KNOW YOU, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:1-3)

[This is the prayer Jesus prayed, preparing us to continue to be followers.]

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, PROTECT THEM by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE ONE.” (John 17:11)

[We must learn to humble ourselves and trust the mighty hand of God and allow God to help us to continue to follow Jesus:]

“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and WE WILL COME TO THEM AND MAKE OUR HOME WITH THEM.” (John 14:23)


-Bill Stockham