Red Letter Day 21: Be Shrewd as Snakes
2015 Lent Blog
Tuesday March 10
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. ‘Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.'”
Yesterday we talked about Jesus being the Good Shepherd and his blessings and protection. In this passage Jesus speaks of how we are like sheep among wolves but he also makes a challenge to us, to be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. I have always been interested in the passages where Jesus asks us to be as shrewd as snakes. This seems a little ironic being that temptation came in the form of a snake in Eden. This reminds all of us that Jesus wants us to act and think to the best of our ability.
You may have heard the saying, “pray as if it all depends on God and act as if it all depends upon you.” What this saying reminds us is to do everything to the best of our ability. To be shrewd is not to deny God but to use the brain God has given you in life. This is especially important because the life of faith is filled with adversity in many shapes and forms. The cross is the greatest example of being shrewd. At first glance it appears to be the greatest evil ever, but Jesus changed it into our victory over sin and death. How shrewd.
In Christ’s Service,