“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (NIV)
Yes, it is a dangerous place to be when you are a sheep surrounded by wolves. Jesus acknowledges this in today’s Scripture passage. People can be ravaging animals seeking you as their game for the day. But HE doesn’t leave us defenseless. He instructs us to remain purely innocent but also to be shrewd in our dealings with them.
In today’s politically correct cancel culture, one needs to use caution and prudence when communicating and dealing with others. Until you come to know the person you are dealing with, your personal antenna and radar needs to operate on high alert.
Per the various translations, to be shrewd is to be wise, prudent, clever, smart, cunning, sly, and intelligent. To be innocent is to be harmless, guileless, faultless, simple, and gentle. All are characteristics to help one succeed in dealing with others when your heart is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. He has given you the Holy Spirit who is an excellent counselor on this subject. Lean on HIM and allow HIS Spirit to influence you throughout the day.
Also, if you are young or inexperience with dealing with others from this position, the Book of Proverbs is a good place to start acquiring the knowledge on how to manage life’s situations. The Book outlines difference scenarios which repeatedly occur in life and how best to handle the situation.
Whether on the ministry trail, the business boardroom, or the community park, you and I always have opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others; and sometimes we may even use words. But more times than not, we all find ourselves in those awkward and sometimes troubling situations unsure how best to proceed. At times like this, we ask God to intervene; trusting HIM to workout the mess we are currently in. HE has a way to use the situation as a teaching moment for them & us, plus a trust relationship building moment for our soul.
So, as HE develops your leadership ability, learning how to best maneuver around those difficult people you encounter, take the time to prepare and equip yourself with the tools necessary to be cunning but harmless. Read the BOOK and LEAN on HIM!
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