“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

– Matthew 10:16

If I’ve learned anything throughout the course of my life, it’s that Jesus is a good Father. He trains and equips us so that we are never unprepared for the battles and challenges of life. For example, in Matthew 10, Jesus sends his disciples out to continue the work of His Kingdom in the same manner He has modeled it to them. He gives them authority to cast out demons and heal the sick, but He also gives them a warning. He tells them that as they go out, they will be like sheep among wolves. I don’t know about you, but to me, that wouldn’t be very comforting and it wouldn’t exactly make me excited about the journey. However, the caution is not without a promise. Since Jesus tells them to go out and not take anything with them, the inference is that He will provide for them and keep them safe no matter what circumstances they face…and He did.

The first time Jesus sent His disciples out, they were able to come back to Him, report what had happened, and most likely get His help and feedback. However, the second time, they didn’t have the same advantage. When He gave them the Great Commission, Jesus was about ready to ascend into Heaven and they wouldn’t be able to come to Him in person like they had before. This is precisely why He didn’t leave them without help and training. Like a wise Dad, He first sent them to their own people to teach them how to be His disciples; kind of a trial run. When He was confident in their ability to fully rely on Him, He sent them to the Gentiles to make disciples of all nations. After they learned to lean on His provision, He unleashed them to the world to be His ambassadors, and the same is true for us today.

Friend, the trial that you’re going through right now is a small step to a great reward that awaits you if you just have courage. If you refrain from foolishness in the midst of fear and embrace wisdom instead, Jesus will take care of you; you can lean on Him. Like His disciples, you too, are a miracle-worker in training. He is taking care of you, providing for you, and will use you mightily in this world to make a difference for His Kingdom! Isn’t that wonderful news?


Thank you, Jesus, for equipping me to be your ambassador in this world. I know that difficulties are a means of learning more about how to trust you.


How do you feel about being sent out as a sheep among wolves? Do you believe that Jesus has given you everything you need to carry out your calling?

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