2 There are many who
are dead and buried. Some of them will wake up and live forever, but others
will wake up to shame and disgrace forever. 3 The wise people will shine as
bright as the sky. Those who teach others to live right will shine like stars
forever and ever. "Learning and teaching
are not optional activities in the kingdom of God. They are the very means by
which the gospel has been restored to the earth and by which we will gain
eternal life." - Russell Osguthorpe
Jesus said, “It is certainly true that when a man
enters the sheep pen, he should use the gate. If he climbs in some other way,
he is a robber. He is trying to steal the sheep. 2 But the man who takes care
of the sheep enters through the gate. He is the shepherd. 3 The man who guards
the gate opens the gate for the shepherd. And the sheep listen to the voice of
the shepherd. He calls his own sheep, using their names, and he leads them out.
4 He brings all of his sheep out. Then he goes ahead of them and leads them.
The sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 5 But sheep will never
follow someone they don’t know. They will run away from him, because they don’t
know his voice.” 6 Jesus told the people this story, but they did
not understand what it meant. 7 So Jesus said again, “I assure you, I am the
gate for the sheep. 8 All those who came before me were thieves and robbers.
The sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters through me
will be saved. …
3 “Great blessings belong to those who know they
are spiritually in need. God’s
kingdom belongs to them.
Blessed means you are wealthy in the spirit. The
spiritual needs of one person may be different from the spiritual needs of
another. Spiritual needs are sometimes neglected love, community, prayers, and inspirations
are not important. The person is concerned for the needs of themselves and does
not seek opportunities to share themselves but closes the door on bible study,
worship, and an active church life. When you know that you are in constant, spiritual
need God’s door is always opened welcoming you inside.