I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The shepherd physically acted as a gate/door that offered protection for his sheep. The sheep pens would be groups of rocks piled up in a ring that would be visited once a year as the wandering shepherds led the sheep toward greener grass in the North, and once a year heading back south to their home market. There was no hinged door. The shepherd would lay down in the door way and call his sheep one by one to jump over him and land in the security of the pen. Then, he would spend the night asleep in the entrance keeping the sheep safely inside and the enemies on the outside. The sheep knew their shepherd’s voice and would follow it for life.
There are other voices out there calling your name. You know who or what they are. They call you to think and act in ways that in the beginning make you feel good, or comfortable, or well fed; but in the end lead you down paths that are destructive and dangerous. These voices speak to your deepest desires and most intimate needs. These voices come from the thief who seeks your destruction.
The Good Shepherd knows your name, and is the only one who can truly bring peace and safety in your life. The Good Shepherd has not come to feed himself, but has come to bring life to you. There are a lot of voices calling you today, only the Good Shepherd has your life in his best interest. All the rest are looking out for themselves and don’t care if you get destroyed in the process. The Good Shepherd has come to give you life, abundant life!
The Good Shepherd speaks through His Word. Listen to Him. Every day, listen to Him.