11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own 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.John 10:11
Shepherd aka Leader
A good leader lays down his life to keep his flock. If one sheep strays he leaves the 99 to save that one sheep. (Matt 18:12) We aren’t Jesus but we should strive everyday to be like the leaders in our lives who inspire us.
What does it look like to lay down your life for your sheep? Fight off the predator, not the sheep right? So as a good leader what does this look like? It looks like putting yourself and your community at risk in order to understand those who are wandering. It means taking a risk by stepping away from the crowd in order to reconnect with the wanderer. We’re not fighting off literal wolves but we are expected to sacrifice ourselves for the community. When I say sacrifice I don’t necessarily mean take a bullet though that time could come, I mean sacrificing your reputation, your pride, and your fears.
According to this parable good leaders willingly sacrifice themselves to see their community thrive. And if that means stepping away from the community to find a wandering soul who is vulnerable to the darkness in this world, a good leader will do it.