It’s difficult to explore our relationships without talking about the wolves among us. I’ve always struggled with the idea of “beware of a wolf in sheep clothing”, because there are so many verses about not judging others. Even where we are warned of the wolves in Matthew 7, it also says not to judge others.
I recently encountered this quote from Winston Churchill, “The only thing worse than a wolf in sheep clothing is a sheep in sheep clothing”. This is also expressed in Isaiah 53:6, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us.” The warning isn’t so much about wolves; rather we’re NOT to be a sheep to any person at any time. We are only to follow Christ.
As we are being sent out as “sheep among the wolves”, we need to be “shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). We should be shrewd by not being caught up in the snares of destruction, and innocent by walking in the Fruit of the Spirit. When we are shrewd and innocent to only following Christ, we do not ourselves become wolves or devoured by them. Rather we are able to rest in the Good Shepherd’s fold, where we do not want, where we are led to green pastures and still waters, and where our cups run over (Psalms 23).
Dr. Beth Ackerman is the Associate Dean, School of Education, at Liberty University. Learn more about Liberty University here.
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