are you a shepherd, or just a hired hand?

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...
Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus' description of himself "I am the Good Shepherd" (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows a close up of the key features of the scene. The memorial window is also captioned: "To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The gospel at today’s mass was from John 10: 11-13;

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

It made me think about my profession. Who among us are just the “hired hands” who are ONLY here for the money? Everybody probably knows at least one. The guy who wanted the job for the benefits, health care, retirement pension, etc.

Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t do this for nothing. I’m not saying that fighting for a decent wage or contract is wrong. I’m not saying that departments expecting you to work overtime but not pay you for it is right either; but if money is the ONLY concern you have are you not simply a hired hand? Who do you want racing to your child’s school to face the wolf if something terrible happens, the Shepherd or the “hired hand”?

4 thoughts on “are you a shepherd, or just a hired hand?”

  1. Always the shepherd. History has generally shown that, all else being equal, the man fighting for hope, faith, and love of family, friend, home, & others will fight longer, harder, and w less regard for the self than the man fighting only for glory and gold.

  2. Had been the shepherd, through all kinds of weather, all shifts, facing the unknown….and now mourning the lost brothers that had fallen along away and that will continue to make the ultimate sacrifice.

  3. I have been both but now realize that money can’t buy truth, intensity, love or life time. Serving as a pastor without salary, working a full time job, being a husband, father and building a business in my spare time. Under shepherding is easier but not easy, when you know how to follow His lead.

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