“The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep , and am known of mine” (John 10:13-14).
A good shepherd is not only known by his sheep, but he knows them too. He that is a hireling careth not for the sheep. How so? The hireling fleeth, when he is needed most.
Many believers don’t know when and how hirelings flees.
We like motivational preachers, don’t we? But I want you to know that many such prophets of our day are hirelings. Anyone who blames you if you ain’t successful in life is a hireling. Job’s three friends were hirelings. Don’t be deceived by people who talk too much. A good shepherd does not emphasise on self-effort, that’s not the gospel. True gospel is offering a solution. Actually, a good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. You do not leave the sheep. God did not raise us to be ‘hit and run’ preachers, only good at raising people’s hopes but offering no solution.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.” John 10:11-12
A hireling is not shepherd, because he is irresponsible. If you can’t walk the disciples every step of the way then you’re a hireling. Show that you care!
Listen to this:
He said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:16
A true shepherd brings you to your desired haven. He said, “…them also I must bring…and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
It is far from being true that a sheep can rise up to control his/her own life or needs from nowhere. That’s where motivational preaching doesn’t add up. You got to brought to the fold, not that you work your way up to success. A person’s social standing is affected by the structure of the society he/she belongs. No individual, rich or poor, should be blamed for the social inequalities and poverty already there.
In John 10:8-10 Jesus says, “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Something is wrong if we can’t make those who follow us find pasture. Church is a place where every believer should “go in and out, and find pasture.” But our problem is those in charge are thieves, and “the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Church should also be vineyard, and a place full of ideas for wealth, education, power and investment opportunities for the believer.