Shrewd as Snakes, Innocent as Doves

It’s like we’re sheep out there among wolves. Actually, we are, for our Lord said so (Mt 10:16). What he said next, however, has a profound impact on our outreach attitudes precisely because it is directed at the fact that bringing the gospel to someone outside the church is usually a hard thing to do. “Be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Because there are so many sinful attitudes, within and without, that attack our evangelism efforts, Jesus says, “Be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” What ideas for mission work has the Evangelist Matthew given us through his inspired recording of those two similies?

Prof. Daniel Leyrer

Daniel Leyrer serves as Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He is also involved with Forward in Christ magazine, and serves as an advisory member of the WELS Commission on Evangelism.

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