My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. -John 10:27-28 NRSV
Many feel that humans are born immortal. They think that all people will transcend death in some form. In this verse, and many others, Jesus tells us that a life that transcends death, eternal life, is a gift from God given to those who hear his voice and follow him. The word perish indicates that, apart from this gift of life, all others will one day cease to exist.
This view seems to be consistent with the nature and character of God as it presents him as One who longs to be with those who long to be with him both now and after they die. In truth, eternal life begins before we die. When we are spiritually born we enter into a relationship with God. A friendship in which we are known and hear the still voice of God.
Open the ears and hearts of all peoples Lord. That they may know you, hear your voice and follow you.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.