Hireling or Shepherd?

ADVENTtable_html_m6196dac4John 10:11-16 – 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

We find in this section the care of the Good Shepherd Jesus being compared with the hireling.  The hireling is not a shepherd.  He’s not personally connected to the sheep.  In fact when danger comes the hireling runs away and leaves the sheep to be scattered.  The hireling cares nothing for the sheep.  He’s only in it for the money.

How unfortunate that in many churches today there are hirelings.  For them it’s a job.  It’s a gig.  They come in and clock in and clock out.  The people of God are not on their minds during the week.  They don’t pray for the flock of God.  They don’t have a heart to serve, sacrifice, or protect.  They’re there until a better gig, a bigger position comes along.  And when hardship comes, when its time to stand and fight and sacrifice and defend, they run.

For those that volunteer, in our areas of service in the church, like the hireling, we can easily start thinking more of ourselves, and what we want, instead of what is best for the flock of God.  God wants to fill his church with good shepherds who like Jesus, truly care about the flock, and are willing to put the needs of the flock before themselves.


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