Matthew 10:16 – “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
This is Jesus speaking to the disciples and preparing them for persecution they ae going to face in the world. The disciples are sent out as sheep that follow the Good Shepard, Jesus. Jesus’ sheep are going to be amongst the wolves, false leaders of the world who won’t lead but devour sheep. Followers of Christ need to have wisdom as they walk amid evil while not being deceivers themselves.
This message that Jesus spoke to the original apostles is applicable to us as disciples of Jesus in our world and specifically the culture we are facing in America today. As followers of Christ, we must be focused on Him and do just that. Now, more than ever, I have to seek Christ in word, in prayer, in teaching for wisdom and discernment. I need wisdom to discern what is being presented as good but to God is evil. I must not be deceitful in order to gain but be a reflection of Christ and pray for those who want to persecute us.
Thank you for your love, grace and mercy in Jesus. Let the power of the Holy Spirit give me strength, courage, wisdom for a world that needs your hope in the face of opposition to your love and truth.