This season, we’re blessed with a set of Lenten devotionals by contributing author Lee Hinkle. Find out more about Lee at the bottom of this article, or at hinkledownunder.com.
John 10:1-21 (ESV)
We called them “The Meatball Bandit.”
Our home was broken into three times in the span of three months. The first time, they were able to get quite a few electronics and our trash bin (“wheelie,” for my Australian readers). We replaced the window they broke, and replaced our electronics; and the second month, they took those replacements. We replaced the window, and did not replace the electronics; so the third month, they took a bag of meatballs from our freezer and returned the trash bin they had taken in the first break-in. We fixed the door and window they broke, and they did not come back. It caused some stress and fear; so to bring some levity to the situation, they became “The Meatball Bandit.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
–John 10:10 (ESV)
But, listen; do you hear the call of the Good Shepherd? We know His voice. Listen closely. A stranger might be trying to call you, but listen. You know the Shepherd’s voice. He comes to give life abundantly. Enter through Him and find life.
It can be hard to hear His voice sometimes, when the thief seems ever present. As we pulled up to our house even 4 or 5 months after the last visit from The Meatball Bandit, we would all be looking at the back door to see if there had been any disturbance. It really didn’t stop until we moved from that house.
Our old life of fear without the Good Shepherd hangs around us and seems to easily distract us from the Truth of His presence.
We hear His voice and know that we are His.
Jesus, thank you for being our protector and comfort by laying down your life for us. Thank you, Father, for giving us to Jesus and charging Him with our life. Spirit, teach us to hear our Good Shepherd’s voice above all the other voices that work for our destruction. Amen.
Lee Hinkle is an American pastor who, with his family of 7, felt God’s call to pack up and plant a church in Fremantle, a town in Perth, Western Australia. Last Summer, the Hinkles left Indianapolis and arrived in Oz to begin their work. You can follow their adventures at hinkledownunder.com.