Tuesday, June 25: Like lambs among wolves

We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Luke, which emphasizes the way God acts among people and across history through Christ.

Read Luke 10:1-4

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road."

Reflect

So often we feel as if we live in a dog-eat-dog world, a world of wolves. Jesus' disciples probably felt like that when they were out talking to people about Jesus, their ragtag, itinerant preacher of a rabbi, despised by both the Romans and the Jewish elite. But notice what Jesus told them about their demeanor: "I am sending you out like lambs among wolves." What do you make of that?

Respond

Bring this phrase with you into your day: "I am sending you out like lambs among wolves." What might change in your interactions at home, at work, on the road, the golf course, with neighbors, watching youth sports, if you remembered this call by Jesus to his disciples to be gentle as a lamb in a wolfish kind of world?

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