Monday: 4th May, 2020

John 10:12 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.

Job contracts can become interesting documents in which you can specify tasks and roles to a very large degree. Where certain tasks fall outside the job description, an employee has reason to refuse to do, besides, ‘the company does not belong to them’- they are hired-hands.

A similar picture is painted of a very specific group of hired-hands, people drafted in to perform a specific task – to watch over a flock of sheep. They took this job pretty much literally such that when a wolf attacked, these hired hands abandon the flock and flee. That becomes the distinction between their post and that of a shepherd because a shepherd will stand firm to defend their sheep.

This distinction is attributed to one word: ‘ownership’. When this becomes a word attached to any role, the attitude towards it is made more personal – it’s MINE. Beloved, ownership dispels any tendencies to readily abandon, discard and forget about but rather draws out a desire to protect, sustain and nurture because ownership is hinged to the role of a shepherd. Many of us are indeed hired- hands, because we do not own the companies we work for. But if we can attach a sense of ownership to any individual role, then we will become a special breed of hired-hands who also embrace the position of shepherds.


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