Friday: July 10, 2020
Matthew 10:16 I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves.
If tasked with walking barefooted across a bed of hot coals, the last thing on your mind will be to walk leisurely. One rather quickly works the math to determine the most efficient way across for you quickly realise that prolonged exposure increases the likelihood of sustaining severe burns. Thus, you can’t afford to get comfortable when walking across fire.
The scenario above sets the background for today’s Gospel in a sense because Jesus gives his disciples a heads-up before they began the roles he had assigned. He told them from the onset ‘I am sending you into an environment wrought with challenges. It is an environment within which you do not ‘belong’ and therefore you will not be readily welcome. It is a place where you cannot afford to get comfortable, but have to constantly be on your toes and consistently on the look out.’
This was a harsh but necessary truth because like the walk on hot coals, the moment sheep forget that they are among wolves, they let their guard down and are easily torn apart. Sweetheart, from the moment we get too comfortable in any venture, we are in real trouble because we stop actively working to make a difference or improve a situation. Perhaps you have become too comfortable with a status quo because you expect nothing to be altered. But mind you, ”
‘the longer you rest on you oars, the more you become comfortable, the harder it will be to move forward.’