A Hard Road before Them
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.
23 “But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.
The Meaning of Discipleship
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!
Jesus has His disciples in a huddle and is giving them instructions for their mission. Have you ever felt ill-equipped for a task? What if I invite someone to church and they have questions about this head-crushing seed of the woman? What if I don’t know what to say? Jesus tells His disciples (and us) not to worry, that the Spirit of the Father will speak through you.
Our lives are filled with opportunities, assignments and risks. For what or whom are you willing to take risks? Are you prepared to follow Him even if people reject, threaten, or accuse you?
Prayer: Father, give me the courage to follow You whatever the circumstance.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation (www.lockman.org)