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Morning Thrive - "Sacrifice"

Written by Pastor Craig Etheredge  |  Found in: Morning Thrive


Hey everybody! Welcome back to Morning Thrive. We’ve been talking about selfless leadership, at home, work or at the office. Another characteristic of selfless leadership is that they are willing to sacrifice, for the greater good. That is exactly what Jesus did, when you look at Jesus’ life, He sacrificed for the greater good. In Philippians 2:8 it says,  ”And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Not only did he come in the form of a servant, but He gave His life. He sacrificed His life. Listen, you may not be required to sacrifice your life as a leader. But are you willing to sacrifice your time, your energy, your hobbies, your private moments, your opinions and your preferences? Are you willing to do any of that? That is really what it requires to be a leader, and Jesus made a distinction between shepherds and hirelings. In John 10, He said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 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. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Boy, what a dramatic difference. A hireling is just there for the job, the paycheck, he doesn’t know his people or care about his people and he will certainly not sacrifice himself for them. Jesus said the one that was a shepherd knows them and loves them, he lays down his life for them. Which one are you when you go to the office, are you a hireling or a shepherd? When you go home, are you a hireling or a shepherd? Listen, God wants you to be a shepherd that is willing to sacrifice for those that you lead.


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Pastor Craig Etheredge

Senior Pastor