“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. When the hired hand sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. That’s because he isn’t the shepherd; the sheep aren’t really his. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. He’s only a hired hand and the sheep don’t matter to him. “I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I give up my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that don’t belong to this sheep pen. I must lead them too. They will listen to my voice and there will be one flock, with one shepherd. “This is why the Father loves me: I give up my life so that I can take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I give it up because I want to. I have the right to give it up, and I have the right to take it up again. I received this commandment from my Father.” There was another division among the Jews because of Jesus’ words. Many of them said, “He has a demon and has lost his mind. Why listen to him?” Others said, “These aren’t the words of someone who has a demon. Can a demon heal the eyes of people who are blind?” (John 10:11-21, CEB)
The hired hand is there only for the money. The hired hand will not risk their life to save the sheep from a wolf because the sheep are not theirs. They are only there for the money they will make and if they die then they can not make the money.
The shepherd will lay down his life to save the sheep because the sheep are the livelihood of him and his family. And the sheep know the shepherd and follow him. The sheep know when the shepherd calls and go where he leads.
Do not follow a hired hand, but follow the shepherd. Listen to his voice and go where he leads.
Loving People. Loving God.