Read John 10 today.

In this chapter, one of things we find is Jesus’ use of the good shepherd analogy. He used it to contrast between His relationship to His followers and that of the religious leaders to their followers. He is neither a thief who only comes to serve himself, nor a hired hand who has no personal investment. Jesus is not doing what He is doing because of what He might get out of it, or merely because He was told to do so. His life and ministry has grown out of His love for His followers.

How many of the things we do are done because of what we will receive in return? Or because it is our job? How would our approach to the work we do be different if it were the result of love? In our homes, or schools, our workplaces, our communities.

Lord, grow greater love in me.

John 10:10-13 NLT
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. [11] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. [12] A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. [13] The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.