Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well! Happy Canada Day!
It certainly is a joyous time for Canadians. We love our country and all that it offers and we are proud to proclaim it! We rejoice in our freedom and revel in the diversity of our land and our people. I am thankful and proud to be Canadian!
As followers of Christ, we too can rejoice in our freedom. This week we look at our freedom as innocent lambs among wolves. Let’s top up our coffees and dig in…
July 1, 2019
Readings for Sunday, July 7: 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 66:10–14; Psalm 66:1–7; Galatians 6:1–10, 14–18; Luke 10:1–20
Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
Can you picture a few lambs, not full grown sheep but young innocent lambs, wandering amidst a field of wolves. What a scene! …That’s us!
Yes, that’s us… the lambs, not the wolves. How many times have you experienced Christians acting like wolves, ready to devour others and rip them to shreds. This should not be so. The believers in Christ’s redemption are to be the lambs.
Yes, that’s us! We are the lambs! We are the lambs that are to go out in love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22b-23) We are privileged to go out in innocence to simply rejoice and proclaim God’s goodness in our salvation in Christ and his constant presence in our lives. We are called to go out and fulfill the law of Christ; to love your neighbor as yourself [which] is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. (Mark 12:33b) We are privileged to carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2a) We are free to love and serve.
There is no need to be a prowling wolf as if God needs our protection. Nor do we need to be worried about the wolves that we fear will devour us. There is no fear for Christ is our Shepherd and he will protect us. We simply need to listen to his voice, trust in his promises, and rejoice in his blessings as we ba-ba-ba (that’s ‘speak’ in lamb language) his goodness all the way home – to our heavenly home, that is.
(And remember… we are not the wolves that devour each other or those that oppose us. When tempted to attack… Stop! … Then just knock the dust off your hooves, and walk away.)
Prayer: Dear Lord, you have called me to go out as a lamb among wolves to proclaim your love and salvation. Help me to be that lamb that hops and baaahs because of all your goodness and eternal care which permits me to be fearless and joyful always, despite the wolves that may have surrounded me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!