Who genuinely cares about people any more? If we aren’t careful (even in the church), we can grow calloused towards people in need.
We can get so “busy doing the Father’s business” we neglect caring sincerely for people in the Father’s house!
Jesus responds to the Law abiding, righteous, spiritual leadership named the Pharisees, who questioned His authority. There’s lessons for Christians and spiritual leadership to glean from this passage. Could we become like the Pharisee’s who are compared to thieves, robbers and hirelings?
John 10:7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns 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.
Yes, pastors and Christian’s will be imperfect in loving and caring for people. Expectations will not be met. So we need to guide people to know The Good Shepherd! He will never fail his sheep. He gives His life for HIs people.
We have to be careful not to fall into the trap of using others to gain life. To be and live like Christ is to give our lives away.
Be like Jesus, tell the truth especially when people are using others for selfish gain.
Be like Jesus, be a gate/door for hurting people to walk through to receive help, care and life. Keep the “door of your heart” open to people in need.
Be like Jesus, don’t run away from giving yourself away. Live selflessly, rather than selfishly. Don’t abandon people when they are in trouble.