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October 23rd, 2015

Wisdom and Innocence

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16 (ESV)

The mission of the Church given by Christ is not an easy one. How could it be when it is itself a continuation of the ministry of Jesus that resulted in His crucifixion? Jesus in this passage is preparing His disciples and, by proxy, us for the reality of persecution on this side of heaven. To prepare them and us, Jesus charges His followers to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” For Him, wisdom and innocence are our greatest assets in the midst of persecution?

Why these two traits? Why do wisdom and innocence help us in the midst of maltreatment? Jesus helps us as the passage continues. He suggests that we must use wisdom to know which men to trust and which men not to trust. We must have a discerning spirit, knowing that when men are confronted with their depravity they sometimes react harshly. Further, when the day comes that you can no longer escape the hand of men through wisdom, innocence becomes your ally. As with Jesus, people will begin to question the legitimacy of the charges brought against you, seeing your pure heart and your accuser’s malicious one.

Seek today to grow in wisdom by meditating on the Word of God and abiding in the Spirit. Ask the Spirit to open your heart to those men and women who are open to the gospel and to guard against those who are hardened. Secondly, commit to be above reproach. When we commit to this, we do more than ask if something is right or wrong; rather, we ask, “Is this wise?” If we commit to act only in the wisdom God gives, then truly who can be against us?

Be weary, sheep, for there are wolves around. Grow in wisdom and walk in innocence for your good and God’s glory.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Innocence, Matthew, Wisdom.
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October 23rd, 2012

Wisdom and Innocence

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16 (ESV)

The mission of the Church given by Christ is not an easy one. How could it be when it is itself a continuation of the ministry of Jesus that resulted in His crucifixion? Jesus in this passage is preparing His disciples and, by proxy, us for the reality of persecution on this side of heaven. To prepare them and us, Jesus charges His followers to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” For Him, wisdom and innocence are our greatest assets in the midst of persecution?

Why these two traits? Why do wisdom and innocence help us in the midst of maltreatment? Jesus helps us as the passage continues. He suggests that we must use wisdom to know which men to trust and which men not to trust. We must have a discerning spirit, knowing that when men are confronted with their depravity they sometimes react harshly. Further, when the day comes that you can no longer escape the hand of men through wisdom, innocence becomes your ally. As with Jesus, people will begin to question the legitimacy of the charges brought against you, seeing your pure heart and your accuser’s malicious one.

Seek today to grow in wisdom by meditating on the Word of God and abiding in the Spirit. Ask the Spirit to open your heart to those men and women who are open to the gospel and to guard against those who are hardened. Secondly, commit to be above reproach. When we commit to this, we do more than ask if something is right or wrong; rather, we ask, “Is this wise?” If we commit to act only in the wisdom God gives, then truly who can be against us?

Be weary, sheep, for there are wolves around. Grow in wisdom and walk in innocence for your good and God’s glory.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 289:  Matthew 10)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Category Innocence, Matthew, Wisdom.
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