“My children, you need to check your allegiance. Make sure that you have not become hired hands rather than the bond servants you once were. I need to trust you. If I should remove your “wages,” would you lose faith in all of My promises? Would you call Me “unfaithful” and turn to your own resources for your provision, if I tarried in My responses to your petitions? A fickle heart will cause you, and those around you, to wander wide-eyed and drooling when times become extremely difficult.
"Instead of being a reliable guide for those who need to see My dependability when they have no answers of their own, you will also falter. Turn back to the simple trust of first love. Determine in your heart that you are with Me fully, no matter what the world around you turns to.
"I am waiting for true, steadfast bond servants. Hired hands will seek other sources for comfort if my “payment” does not suit them. Do not become that kind of fool.”
Isaiah 8:11-14 AMP
11) For the Lord spoke thus to me with His strong hand [upon me], and warned and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
12) Do not call conspiracy [or hard, or holy] all that this people will call conspiracy [or hard, or holy]; neither be in fear of what they fear, nor [make others afraid and] in dread.
13) The Lord of hosts – regard Him as holy and honor His holy name [by regarding Him as your only hope of safety], and let Him be your fear and let Him be your dread [lest you offend Him by your fear of man and distrust of Him].
14) And He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred and indestructible asylum to those who reverently fear and trust in Him];…
John 10:11-13 AMP
11) I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.
12) But the hired servant (he who merely serves for wages) who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away. And the wolf chases and snatches them and scatters [the flock].
13) Now the hireling flees because he merely serves for wages and is not himself concerned about the sheep [cares nothing for them].
A hired hand works for someone who pays the highest wage and serves with limited allegiance. He is reliable to the one who pays him as long as his wages are paid, and he is required to only work within the limits of his work contract. At any given opportunity, he accepts higher offers, more suitable work, or easier working conditions.
A bond servant, on the other hand, has chosen absolute servanthood to his master, no matter what is required of him. His motivation for service is love - not the amount of wage, working conditions, or difficulty of the task. There are no options to his commitment. There is no price too high to pay. His term of service is eternal, his commitment unwavering, his trustworthiness absolute.
Without knowing it, it is easy to slip into the “hired hand” mentality with God. The simple act of taking over when God’s answers are delayed or doing it ourselves when He seems to have waited too long to do something we need, all deny the bond servant’s heart of absolute faith and trust in our Lord.
Forgive me for acting like a hired hand so often, Lord,