· Self – my way
Jesus refers to these other voices as "thieves and robbers". The parable is also a warning about spiritual warfare. The good news is that the wise sheep (people) will survive spiritually because they know the voice of the shepherd and can tell it from the many other voices around them.
1. The good news is that there is a shepherd
We are not alone in the dark surrounded by our human wants and fears and spiritual forces of evil. There is someone from God who has been sent to help us. Just as a shepherd makes sure his sheep have food, water, shelter and protection from physical attack; Jesus has come so that we can be spiritually nourished, guided and protected. We tend to forget this when things are going well. Often it is not until there is some kind of disaster or trouble that we begin to focus on why things go wrong. Often it is only after we have tried to help ourselves and failed that we turn to God for answers. For most of us God has to first get our attention with an impossible situation before we overcome our human stubbornness and pride, and make a decision to "come home" and listen to Jesus, the shepherd of our souls.
5. So ‑ whose voice are you listening to?
Many people are listening only to themselves. This is the “ït's all about me" generation. We have a tendency to make god in our own image and bow down and worship our self. This may be ok for a while but ultimately fails. We realize we need something more. The good news of Christianity is that in Jesus we have a good shepherd who will guide us and protect us in this spiritual battle against our human weaknesses other destructive voices. He offers us spiritual life. Those who have accepted this offer of new spiritual life are changed. They discover new joy and want to be in a loving community of fellowship as described in the Acts (2.42‑47) reading.
They want to be sure they know their shepherd's voice.