What Are You Listening For?

27  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

John 10:27


The two young boys grew up together in the shadows of their American Indian heritage.  One dreamed of what was out there “off the reservation.”  The other stayed close to his roots.

The adventurer wound up in New York.  One day he got his friend to visit him in the big city.

As they were walking down the streets on Manhattan, his friend was amazed at all of the people, all the traffic, and all the noise.  Then, suddenly, his friend stopped.  “Did you hear that cricket?”  The New Yorker looked at him like he had lost his mind.  “There is no way you can hear a cricket here.  With all these people and car horns? Brakes squealing? No way can you hear a cricket.”

Yet his friend insisted he heard a cricket.  They walked up the block and across the street.  Nothing.  Then they crossed the other street.  His friend saw a tree in a planter box.  He walked over to the box, and there in the dirt and grass was the cricket.

The New Yorker was amazed.  He couldn’t believe his friend heard that cricket in all the noise of Manhattan.  He asked, “How could you possibly hear that cricket?”

“It depends on what you are listening for.”  He then took some change out of his pocket, held his hand out in front of him, and dropped the coins onto the sidewalk.  Almost everyone on the block turned to look towards the sound of those coins hitting the concrete.

What you hear in life is what you are listening for.  Is it the racket and noise of the television set?  Are you listening to the sounds of the workplace?  How about the sounds of anger, resentment, bitterness?

Shepherds were able to separate those out of the flock that were theirs because the sheep knew his voice.  The Jews wanted to know if Jesus was the Christ; they wanted Jesus to simply tell them if it was true.  But Jesus told them, and still they didn’t believe the works that He did in His Father’s name.  They weren’t His sheep.  They didn’t hear His voice.

Those that follow Jesus know His voice when they hear it.  And Jesus knows those who are His sheep.

So, what, or who, are you listening for?


Charles A. Kalkomey