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. – John 10:12
Depending upon your desire, energy or level of commitment, you will likely fall into one of 3 categories. The unmotivated will fall into a hireling classification, doing things because its a job. Those who enjoy their place of employment will likely transform into a servant, taking ownership of the business where they work. Finally, the friend goes one step further, placing their heart and soul into what they do daily.
The greatest among you will be your servant. – Matthew 23:11
The hardest part of any career is uncertainty, when the dedication you pour forth is not rewarded, going unnoticed. Unless you receive some sort of compliment, encouragement or raise, some may give up before experiencing the fruits of their labor. Thus, maintaining a positive attitude can be difficult, often coming to a point where you begin to think, “what’s the point anyway?” Even the most devoted servant needs a pat on the back to keep them going.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. – John 15:15
According to Jesus, there is a difference between a servant and friend. When someone becomes all in, surrendering a what’s in it for me mentality, they turn the corner. This devotion sees the big picture, doing what’s best for their heavenly Father. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it, ” Matthew 16:25. May the Holy Spirit lead to from a hireling, beyond the serving phase to a friend in Jesus.
by Jay Mankus