The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“My sheep hear My voice..” (John 10:27 ESV)

There is from time to time the temptation to make Christianity acceptable and not-so-challenging and radically different as it truly is - to our friends, family and colleagues. It’s understandable in the face of constant criticism, persecution or victimisation, especially in the world today where multiple voices are speaking out for atheism and against Christians and Christianity, but we must keep the fire burning in our hearts and resist the indifference and secularism of the age we live in.

The truth of the matter is that Christianity is radically different! Our faith and belief in God is not just a set of ‘club rules’ that we choose to adopt, but is a wholly and completely different interpretation of life, death, the universe and beyond - one that has hope and love at its core and joy in the believer as the evidence of its truth.

One of the radical beliefs (and experiences) of the Christian is to hear God’s voice through the Holy Spirit speaking to them. That can’t be watered down or easily excused or explained away - nor would we want it to be! Whether it’s through a verse in scripture, through a prophecy given in a Church meeting or that precious still small voice inside our hearts, the Holy Spirit is constantly speaking to individual believers and His Church. In fact, it’s even more fundamental than that - the speaking of the Holy Spirit to His Church is the very life that sustains the Church! Without the life-giving voice of the Holy Spirit, the Church would waste away, atrophy and die without any hope of survival. The Church would cease to exist.

Christian friend, be proud to be different! Be joyful that having found the Lord Jesus Christ you can hear His voice through the speaking of the Holy Spirit and make it a point to be open and ready to hear His voice. Don’t apologise for your faith or try to make it more mainstream and acceptable, be thrilled that you and your brothers and sisters in Christ have found the Way to a God who still speaks to His Church! “My sheep hear My voice..(John 10:27 ESV).