Summary: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. - Matthew 10:16 Of the many passages in the Gospels, Matthew 10, is one of the key chapters where Jesus prepares his Disciples to understand that they will suffer in service for Him. I want to encourage ..
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. - Matthew 10:16
Of the many passages in the Gospels, Matthew 10, is one of the key chapters where Jesus prepares his Disciples to understand that they will suffer in service for Him. I want to encourage you to read this chapter over many times mediating on what our Lord is conveying to us even in our day. Here is a selection of Matthew 10 to read: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. ‘Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:16-31). What is clear from this passage is that it will be inevitable that suffering and reproach will come for being a Jesus follower but in the end be happy the worst they can do is kill your body! Perhaps that seems like bad news but for the eternity focused believer this should come as an encouragement.