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Monday, November 6, 2017

Are You in the Fold?

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27, 28)

Stone sheep cote in Zanuta, West Bank
Photo: Emil Salman

Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

As with all things in creation, things function properly according to the creator’s design. Each is to function according to the Creator's design. Each has its being because of the Creator.

The faithful disciple is one whose life expresses the nature of the Creator-teacher. “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40)

The true nature of all created things exists and functions properly when there is a connection to God or a relationship with God. This is no less true for bugs than for angels.

The human situation is unique in that we have a choice to function according to God's design or not. Many blessings follow the right choice. Correction and potentially final judgement follow the wrong choice.

Human beings need to be reconciled to their Creator before they can live according to the Creator's plan. Reconciliation to God does not come on our terms, but on the terms God sets. It is easy to deceive ourselves into thinking that we have it together spiritually.

Jesus said: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” (Matthew 7:21-23)

It is extremely important that we accept the relationship to our Creator that He offers. That relationship is in, by, and through the work of Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus commanded: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)

Repentance is necessary to begin a Kingdom relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Only then can we be His sheep and live under his divine protection for eternity.

The time to repent and receive eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ is now. Are you in the fold?

Related reading: Sheep Cotes as Sacred Spaces

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