For some reason I have been finding the book of John to be a bit cumbersome. I haven’t been having nearly as many “Ah Ha!” moments as I was having with Luke. I had one today, though… so naturally I had to blog about it. I am always amazed at how many different intricacies you can draw from scripture. I have a feeling that my observation here isn’t necessarily what Jesus was trying to get across, but I think that it is accurate.
John 10:1-5 (ESV):
1 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.
One of the most important parts of following Christ is humility. He was the ultimate portrait of selflessness. It is impossible to glorify yourself and Christ at the same time. In this passage, Jesus explains that there is one proper way into the sheep pen… through the front door. He says that anyone who “climbs in by another way” is a thief and a robber. Anyone who enters by a different way is not following the commands of Christ and is serving their own will and their own glory.
Okay… here’s the point.
When we are serving God, we must do it humbly and in submission to God. We must go where he leads us. Serving God is not a career move. Serving God is not a corporate ladder. We can not have our own agendas. We can not force ourselves in the back door. There is one way in… through Christ. If we are doing things for our own glory and by our own power we are harming the flock.
Mark Driscoll has said that people like this are wolves. The shepherd has one way of dealing with wolves, to shoot them.
If you are in service to a body of Christians you must regularly examine your heart. Why are you a pastor? Why are you a small group leader? Why do you run sound? Why are you a musician? If you have any visions of future success or personal gain you need to rethink your leadership role.
This doesn’t mean that you need to immediately quit… it means that you need to seek the counsel of a leader. You need to get your priorities straight.