“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16
Have you ever dreamed of being a super hero? Someone who rescued lost and hurting people? In today’s reading, Jesus is sending His disciples to rescue the lost sheep of Israel. The passage doesn’t sound very encouraging because He tells the disciples they will be persecuted, delivered up to councils, scourged in their synagogues and brought before kings and governors. He concludes by telling them they will be hated by all because of Jesus’ name, but to endure through it all to the end, then they will be saved.
This does not sound like good news, but if we look closely at the passage, there is a couple subtle words in His message to help them along the way. First of all, He tells them that they are going out as sheep among wolves. Even though this is a frightening picture, He tells them they can be smarter than the wolves and still be harmless as doves. By their subtle clever methods, they will be able to gather some lost sheep without being noticed by those that may be watching.
Next, He tells them when they are brought before their persecutors, don’t worry about what to say because the Holy Spirit will speak in them. Lastly, He assures them that the covered things will be revealed, and the hidden will be seen. It will all become clear and plain to them.
My perception of Jesus sending the disciples has always been: Why would they want to go after He tells them about all these bad things that could happen? However, after reading it this morning, it reminds me of something out of a espionage movie. There is a mission, if they choose to accept it, there will be dangers, but Jesus guarantees they will accomplish what they are sent to do if they stick with it to the end. Having changed my perspective, it sounds pretty exciting!
So now comes the most exciting part! You have been given a mission too! If you choose to accept it, you can be guaranteed there will be troubles and dangers along the way. It is an important mission intended to rescue many. Stick with your mission and the One who sent you, then your mission will be accomplished and you will be able to retire/rest with Him in the end.
Today I want to encourage you to accept your mission. Go before you Heavenly Father and tell Him you are ready to go. Wait for your instructions and prepare for the dangers ahead. Watch for the warning and be wise to the traps of your enemy. Do not be afraid when you are confronted, the Holy Spirit, your divine Consultant, will give you the right responses. Then endure, press on and continue until you have successfully rescued the ones assigned to you. It will be exciting, and you will have some troubling times. But it will all be worth it because it will be the greatest adventure you have ever been on and that is what this life is all about.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 10:16-26
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;
20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!
26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.