John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Jesus knows best how to reach our geographical region with salvation from sin. If I could listen to Him each day and do what He says in the manner He says to do it, then I would be the most effective I could be in reaching the region I live in with the good news of Jesus Christ. If every follower of Jesus heard what Jesus said to do each day and did it in the manner Jesus said to do it, then the local church would be the most effective it could be in reaching its geographical region with the good news of Jesus Christ.
The local church can be called Jesus' flock of sheep. Jesus said His sheep hear His voice. I can hear Jesus voice, but am I listening. Today I heard my wife's voice asking me to wake her up 5:30 AM. How did I hear her voice? It was a note left for me. Every time I shower, I hear my wife's voice saying to me the walls of the shower need to be wiped down after I'm done. I remember her desire spoken to me years ago; I heard her voice in my memory of her desire.
Sheep hear Jesus' voice each time they read the Scriptures. Sheep hear Jesus' voice each time they remember Jesus' desires. Additionally sheep hear Jesus' voice as the Holy Spirit reveals His will for them. In Acts 8:29 it is recorded, "And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go over and join this chariot.' " Because Philip listened and obeyed the Spirit, a man was saved from his sins. Sheep hear Jesus as His Spirit speaks to them. How do sheep know it is the Spirit speaking to them? What the Spirit says to a sheep is in accordance with the written word of God. The Holy Spirit will never tell a sheep to steal.
We need to pray that as Jesus' sheep hear His voice they will obey what He says. Matthew 21:6 gives us an example to follow, "The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them." Think what an impact a local flock of Jesus' sheep would have on their geographical region if they heard what Jesus' said and did as He directed.
Are you listening to Jesus and doing as He directs? You can. Pray that each of us, His sheep, will listen to Jesus, hear Him and obey Him.