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Lambs Among Wolves

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It’s a familiar enough scene: Jesus is sending out the seventy-two into towns and villages ahead of Him, and His words to them are well known. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2). Ahhh. Lovely, iconic scene. We all know those words well, and we pray in church that God would do just that—send workers into His Church. What could be more rewarding than working as a laborer in God’s field? This verse is often quoted at installation services, and rightly so. But we often stop with that verse and fail to read Jesus’ very next words. “Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3). Wait, what? What did You just say, Jesus? You do know what wolves do to lambs, don’t You? They eat them. That’s not exactly something You ought to put right there in the job description. On second thought, maybe I don’t want to be sent into the harvest field after all…

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Prowling Lions

Have you ever come face to face with a hungry lion?  Unless you lead a thrilling life of daring safari adventures, my bet is the answer is no.  The only place I’ve ever seen a lion is in a zoo, from the safety of the thick restraining glass.  Even when the lion dares to walk right next to the glass on the other side, I know I’m safe.  He poses me no threat at all.  But there’s another lion I do face on a daily basis, one who is much more dangerous than the lion I see in the zoo.  This lion is constantly prowling around, looking for his next prey.  I don’t know where he’ll show up or what tricks he’ll use, but I know I’m never safe from him.  And neither are you.

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