Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:3
Jesus had been teaching the disciples for some time. Now He chooses to send them out to start working on their own at spreading the gospel message. He tells them that there is a great harvest and a lot to do. He then says He is sending them out as a lamb among wolves.
Wolves are a predator type animal that farmers do not like. When wolves are hungry they will seek farm animals for food. One of the challenging things with wolves is that they do not work alone, they always work in packs. A group of wolves will surround and animal in order to take it down for food.
Lambs are one of the easiest animals for a wolf to prey upon, because a lamb never physically fights. They are very calm and just follow a leader. Lambs eat grass and not other creatures, so they are never a threat to another animal.
Jesus tells the disciples that they would be like a lamb as they are sent out. They are not going with a physical power and fight. The disciples were going in God’s power and word. They were to show love and compassion.
The world is like the wolves. They seek to destroy and devour the lambs…the innocent people, followers of Jesus.
People in this world will work in packs trying to take down believers. Vicious rumors and lies will be spread about believers and God. All over the media, Christians are being mocked and ridiculed. A life that promotes everything against God is being promoted as good.
At times the world will even get physical with believers. Around the world there are believers who are being physically abused and tortured for their belief in Jesus.
As the world is acting like a wolf, believers are to be like a lamb. They are to be innocent and not physically fighting back. They are not to destroy and kill, but to love and bring life.
Each day as you go out, you must look at your life and see how you are portraying yourself. Are you being like the wolves and not bringing the life changing message to this world? Are you blending in with the wolves?
Or are you working to gather a harvest for God? Bring the gospel message of love and salvation to this world.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be known as a believer in Jesus; that you will not return evil for evil; and that you will work to gather the harvest for God.