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John 10:12-13 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.
Many times, we are called to be the assistant or the hired hand. However, we cannot let the wolf of greed guide our actions, causing us to run away when our money is at risk. We cannot let the wolf of racism scatter the sheep and devour them as we watch idly by. We cannot let the wolf of homophobia scare the sheep from entering the gates.
When the wolves show up before us, they may frighten us. But when we put our trust in God, we find the courage to show God’s life-saving love to all who seek it.
MOVING FORWARD: What “wolf” is keeping you from acting as Jesus would? Pray for strength to set your fears aside.