16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
Spirit of Your Father
From the time we were little children, we were identified with our fathers. Have you ever thought, that as a Christian teen, you are identified with God, Himself? How should knowing this affect our lives?
Matthew 10 continues with a very sober warning: "But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake."
Jesus precludes this with the words, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." In other words, we are called to understand the true heart of man; in dealing with the people of this world we must not be naive! That is not to say that we are to have any sense of superiority, pride, or arrogance, thinking that we are better than the people of this world. Why? Our pride is in Christ, and not in ourselves!
The only thing that makes us different than the people of this world is that, in the words of Christ, the Spirit of your Father is in you! We see and understand everything in this life from a different perspective because the Holy Spirit lives within our hearts. Understanding the difference, we should not expect the people of this world to understand the things of God. No wonder they reject the Bible, and even the very words of Christ, assuming Him to be but a man.
We must remember, therefore, that it is not our job to convince people of the truths of God's Word. We are to pray, instead, that God would open their hearts of understanding. For, unless God opens their hearts, nothing we do will convince them of the truths taught in the Bible.
How, then, should we approach the people of this world? We must understand that the difference is: the grace of God. We should pray for our unsaved friends, relatives, and neighbors--pray that God would open their eyes to see the truths of His Word and to see their need of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. We should pray that God would graciously move in their hearts and lives so that they would humbly bow the knee before Him, and receive Christ.
Knowing that not everyone comes to Christ, we must not be naive in our dealings with the people of this world. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is one! The very ones who turned against Christ happened to be the religious leaders of the Jewish people. Often, the greatest antagonists to true believers are those who are very religious, but have never truly turned their heart to the Lord.
Then, too, there are those who openly reject Christ. Often these are the very ones who are leaders of cities, countries, and nations. Should we fear their reprisals against us, especially if we live in nations where Christians are openly persecuted? Christ encourages us to put all of our confidence and trust in Him, not worrying about what we would say if we are brought before the ungodly. For, in our hour of greatest need, He will surround us with grace and strength, and give us the very words we should speak.
This world is antagonistic to God, so we should not be surprised when it is antagonistic to His children. As Christian teens, let us pray that, should we be required to take a stand for the Lord--even at the cost of our life--we would be found faithful to God!
Go this day, in the strength and power of God, and faithfully serve Him, remembering that a crown of glory awaits us when we enter the gates of heaven, and the first face we see will be that of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
God Bless You,