More than a hired hand

The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (John 10:13)

People often exalt a man above Jesus.

People also replace God with the bible.

Wouldn’t it be great if your heart respond to His love.

After all it is for your freedom that He set you free.

Don’t live in bondage again.

Even to a noble cause.

He has stuff for you to do.

That have their origins in heaven.

That no-one has yet seen or heard of.

Did you know that yo are His answer to a world of need.

Let Him guide and direct you as you follow Him.

He will do this if you are willing.

People have much to say.

Often with passion.

But only He can carry it right through.

With a passion and love that never wavers nor runs out.

You can tap into His passion.

By caring about what He cares about.

Be an undershepherd to the great shepherd.

So that many others will follow Him not you.

He is the one they need to see and hear.

Not you.

Yet you will carry His message and His heart.

He works through people.

He is looking for those who are more than hired hands.

Those who care about what He cares about.

He needs you.

Someone He can trust with true riches.

2018-12-24T08:45:09+00:00Monday, December 24th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

An inconvenient walk

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. (John 10:12)

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2018-12-23T08:51:46+00:00Sunday, December 23rd, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

More than a fairy tale

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

He is the only way. 

The true way. 

He is good in the broadest and deepest sense. 

Nothing comes close to comparing with Him. 

He alone is good. 

He can be trusted. 

You can trust Him with your life. 

He created you. 

He knows what is best for you. 

Yet He still allows you to choose. 

Whether you follow Him or not. 

Whether you trust Him or not. 

Is He your shepherd? 

Do you allow someone else to take that role? 

He is more than a christmas card nativity scene. 

Neither is He still hanging on a cross. 

He is greater than a painted picture in a children’s book. 

He is a shepherd calling His sheep. 

Those that hear His voice respond. 

Are you responding to His voice?

Would you rather have an image, something less real? 

If He is not real to you, how can you trust Him. 

He is no more than a fairy tale. 

Yet He calls to you. 

In the hope that you will respond. 

He cares about you. 

He never stops thinking about you. 

Listen out for His voice. 

He has laid His life down. 

It meant something to Him. 

Because you mean something to Him. 

He thinks you are worth it. 

Others may disagree. 

You may disagree. 

Turn your thoughts to Him. 

Turn your affections to Him. 

Let Him flood you with real love. 

Let it be constant and permanent.

2018-12-20T16:49:06+00:00Thursday, December 20th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Please Him not your fears

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

Don’t focus on the thief but on Jesus. 

Don’t be fear driven but life driven. 

Life is stolen when you fear. 

Driven by a need to protect yourself. 

He comes to reassure. 

He is the reassurance. 

Enter through Him and Him alone. 

In Him is safety. 

He is where your life begins. 

Not only on the day you were born but everyday. 

Let Him flood you with His peace and His joy. 

By surrounding yourself with His presence. 

His presence is where you surround yourself with His thoughts. 

Allow yourself to trust in Him. 

Rather than the thief. 

The thief is a very real and present danger. 

He lurks around. 

Seeing who he can deceive. 

Yet He has the answer. 

Don’t look or listen to the thief. 

Let your focus be on Him. 

On Him alone. 

He is the greater one. 

He is the Creator. 

He is the good shepherd. 

Listen to Him, look to Him. 

Seek to please Him not serve your fears.

2018-12-19T07:49:19+00:00Wednesday, December 19th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Enjoy Him now

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

This isn’t about hell.

This isn’t even about eternal life.

It is about life.

His life in you.

You think it is something to come.

Maybe when you die.

But hope is for now, not then.

He is your hope.

He is your joy.

Share in it as part of your inheritance.

Saved from misery.

Saved from hopelessness.

Saved from yourself.

Hell bent on self destruction.

He others you life.

In all its wonderful glory.

Greater and better than you can ever imagine.

But you will never find out.

Unless you pass through Him.

He is the way, the gate.

Only thorough Him.

Not by your efforts.

Or clever strategy.

There is nothing manmade about this.

It is His plan and purpose for you.

To live full, fruitful lives.

To be blessed and be a blessing to others.

That is His heart.

Here and now.

Not then and later.

Enjoy Him now.

2018-12-14T05:49:19+00:00Friday, December 14th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Listen to Him

All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. (John 10:8)

Strong words.

What does He mean?

Who is He talking about?

Have others claimed to be the messiah?

The people wanted a solution.

Someone to lead them out of bondage.

To be their king again.

They wanted independence.

They wanted freedom.

But everyone who came to lead them out.

Was still just the same.

With no hope.

With no possibilities.

Only more of the same.

He is offering real freedom.

Freedom for everyone.

From tyranny.

From bondage.

From sin.

He does not offer false hope.

It is real and it is tangible.

You have nothing to fear.

He won’t fleece you.

Listen to Him.

Not the arguments.

2018-12-13T07:31:36+00:00Thursday, December 13th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

It will be worth it

When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow him because they know His voice. (John 10:4) 

Are you with Him?

Are you one of His own?

Follow His voice. 

Follow Him. 

He knows your heart. 

He knows its condition. 

Whether you are truly in love with Him. 

Passionate about what He is passionate about. 

He is passionate about you. 

He knows you. 

He knows those who are His. 

Who have surrendered their hearts fully to Him. 

No compromise. 

No conditions. 

He wants His own. 

Those who know and love Him. 

He knows your heart. 

He can see what your motives are. 

Whether they are pure or corrupted. 

He wants to bring healing and health to your heart. 

He wants your heart to be full of light and life. 

Let His light expose the dark regions of your heart. 

He knows they are there. 

But you have to be brave to allow Him. 

It won’t be pleasant. 

Putting it off won’t help. 

But the end result will be worth it. 

Remember He does care. 

He cares more than you do. 

You may be willing to live with second best. 

He isn’t.

2018-12-12T08:35:10+00:00Wednesday, December 12th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

His voice

The gatekeeper opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (John 10:3)

He knows you.

Do you know Him?

There is only one shepherd.

Follow Him.

The only one.

Can you hear His voice?

Listen carefully.

He is speaking to you.

Softly and yet clearly.

Hear His voice.

It will comfort you.

It will encourage you.

More than you think.

Don’t be afraid to draw close He won’t shout at you.

His voice will soothe your soul.

2018-12-10T07:27:10+00:00Monday, December 10th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Embrace Him

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. (John 10:2)

He alone is the One.

The one true Shepherd.

He will show you the way.

He will guide and help you.

He is for you.

All the way, all the time.

He has laid down His life for you.

He never stops loving you.

He never stops, full stop.

His care is greater than any other.

Run to Him.

Throw yourself into His arms and embrace Him.

He constantly thinks about you.

Night and day He watches over you.

Like a shepherd guarding his sheep.

We are all His sheep.

Even if we have aspirations to be the shepherd.

His sheep know His voice.

They recognise it every time.

They see Him coming.

They know it is Him.

Don’t replace Him with a cardboard cutout.

One of your own making and design.

2018-12-08T08:35:28+00:00Saturday, December 8th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

The end of all things is Him

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. (John 10:1)

Don’t take shortcuts.

Don’t think it doesn’t matter.

His church matters.

His sheep matter.

Their welfare is paramount.

That they know the true Shepherd.

You cannot get to be an under-shepherd by any others means.

You either are under His discipleship or you are not.

Do not usurp His sheep from under Him.

His sheep need to hear His voice.

They need to hear Him.

They need to know Him.

Coercing is not His way.

Controlling is not His way.

Manipulating is not His way.

Trust is the only way.

It is His way and that is the only way.

The end does not justify the means.

For the end of all things is Him.

2018-12-07T07:50:22+00:00Friday, December 7th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|