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We belong to the Lord


There’s this incred­i­ble, inti­mate rela­tion­ship between the shep­herd and his sheep. The shep­herd knows the sheep, and the sheep know the shep­herd. The sheep know the shepherd’s voice, and they fol­low him. And they won’t fol­low the voice of a stranger. They won’t fol­low the voice of some­body they don’t know. The sheep have to know the voice, and they know that voice, and [they] fol­low [Him].…If Jesus Christ is our pas­tor, if He is our shep­herd, then we belong to Him. We’re His. He owns us. We do not belong to [ourselves]…It means we are not our own ruler. We are not our own king. We are sub­jects. Yes, it’s true. We are. If we’re crea­tures, we have a Cre­ator. If we’re crea­tures, we have [a Lord]. We’re sub­jects. We are ser­vants. And we iden­ti­fy [our­selves] that way, and we’re proud of it, so to speak. We boast of it. We’re not ashamed of it. We’re not ashamed to be called ser­vants. We’re not ashamed to be called slaves. We’re not ashamed to be called sub­jects. We’re not ashamed to be called sheep. We’re not ashamed to be called a flock, or [lambs]. In fact, what we’re say­ing is that we belong to anoth­er. We belong to God. We belong to a Lord. — Fr. Thomas Hop­ko, of blessed mem­o­ry #ortho­dox #ortho­doxy #ortho­dox­church #chris­t­ian #wis­do­mofthe­fa­thers #frthomashop­ko #the­good­shep­herd

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