Some of the Pharisees had overheard Jesus talking with a new believer, the man who had been born blind and received His sight from Jesus. Jesus had told them that their insistence that they could see already was what was keeping them in their sins.
“I tell you the truth,” He said, “anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the Shepherd of the sheep.”“The gatekeeper opens the gate to Him, and the sheep recognize his voice, and come to Him. He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out.” John 10:1-3 NLT
In this passage, Jesus points out that while He owns His own sheep, there are thieves and robbers who want to steal them from Him. And since they are not approved by the gatekeeper, they will try all kinds of sneaky ways to gain access to the sheep.
But Jesus has a personal relationship with His own sheep; He knows the name of each one, and calls them by name when He leads them out. In turn, His sheep know His voice, and come to Him.
Jesus said that knowing His Father, the Only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom He had sent is Eternal Life. And life involves growing and maturing. Likewise, getting to really know someone takes time and effort. Jesus came to bring Eternal Life, which means He wants us to get to know Him.
Spend time with Jesus, reading His Word, talking to Him, listening for His Voice. As you grow in knowing Him, in Eternal Life, you will Hear Him calling you by Name, and leading you in the ways He has chosen for you.