Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.—Matthew 10:16
Jesus was not timid, even though this is the image some have of him. He was fully aware of the impending persecution he would encounter and still willingly approached it. Knowing this, he warned followers multiple times that danger was afoot. This is one moment. But notice, as Jesus sends them, he instructs them to sharpen their senses. Thus he tells us the same. Be wise like a cunning, deceptive, and slithery snake, and yet innocent like a messenger bird of peace and love. Strike this balance today.
DO THIS: Be wise and innocent in everything you do and say.
PRAY THIS: God, may I watch my words and my action, and so may my heart be known, and your Spirit proclaimed.