DayBreaks for 01/29/13 – Sent by Jesus, #2 – If We Turn Into Wolves
John 17:14-18 (NLT) – I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
Please! Read this slowly and carefully, and meditate on this:
“As long as we are sheep, we overcome and, though surrounded by countless wolves, we emerge victorious; but if we turn into wolves, we are overcome, for we love the shepherd’s help. He, after all, feeds the sheep not wolves, and will abandon you if you do not let him show his power in you.
“What he says is this: ‘Do not be upset that, as I send you out among the wolves, I bid you be as sheep and doves. I could have managed things quite differently and sent you, not to suffer evil nor to yield like sheep to the wolves, but to be fiercer than lions. But the way I have chosen is right. It will bring you greater praise and at the same time manifest my power”. – St. John Chrysostom
We evangelicals can learn a lot from this, I believe. I see many Christians in their fervor and enthusiasm turning into wolves when it comes to people both inside and outside the church. May God have mercy on us! Jesus didn’t send us out as wolves or lions, but as sheep among carnivores. Our job is not to rip and tear, castigate and intimidate – sheep can’t do such things. We are, simply, by the power of what we are becoming in Christ Jesus, to win the world with lovely winsomeness.
All that is within us tells us that we need to act more like wolves in the world in order to survive. Since when is survival to be our main goal? Is it not to be sheep – and let the world do with us as it wills? Isn’t that how our Master did it? Are we not to walk in His steps?
“As long as we are sheep, we overcome…but if we turn into wolves, we are overcome. He will feed His sheep, but not the wolves!
PRAYER: Let us be sheep that you feed, precious Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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