Matthew 20:15-18 Thought/prayer:  Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing.  Topics:  2 at end.

A Tree and its Fruit
“Beware of the false teachers—men who come to you in sheep’s fleeces, but beneath that disguise they are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will easily recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thorns or figs from brambles? Just so every good tree produces good fruit, but a poisonous tree produces bad fruit.”  (WEY)  (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

Since the topic of fleece is being discussed, let’s consider another passage about it.  Jesus Himself addresses fleece in a not-so-positive manner:  the infamous “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” as the per the adage.  So we go from being wrapped up in Jesus’ love like a sheep’s fleece so warm . . . to being warned against false sheep, so to speak. 

Now, obviously, this saying about those who are not what they appear to be, has to have originated through speech, not action. We know that no actual wolf ever actually sheared a sheep and then arranged the resulting fleece on its back to go and infiltrate a flock of sheep.  Did shepherds ever have to attempt peering under any sheep’s coat to determine if they were fleeced by a wolfish intruder?  Not. 

But the saying has been around at least since Jesus.  And as followers of Him, could we ask if we are ever wolves in sheep’s clothes? No!  We’re not.  We are outright sheep—sheep of His flock, under His shepherding protection.

No, of course we are not wolves in sheep’s raiment.  But to be able to honestly answer that we are always 100% what we seem to be . . .?  Some of us (if not all) may have to look away when someone asks this of us, to avoid eye contact because we’re squirming a bit.  Yes, we are not always 100% what we seem.  No, not wolves.  But yes, not always truly honest about ourselves.  This is the only slightest possibility of application to the Christian life here.  No, not wolf vs. ram.  But are we always forthright and honest and without a hint of shifting shadows (or shifty eyes when avoiding a straight answer?) 

So then, we need to get right with the Shepherd of Psalm 23, the One who gives us green pastures for resting, Who leads us by the refreshing water.  And when we confess our less-than-perfection as His sheep, He does forgive; and then we are better able to serve those who are fighting against LIFE’s choices, who are struggling to know what to do.  Lord, come to them as Shepherd, and care for them as sheep in His fold.  And His own in the clothing of wolves will be nowhere ever found.

Topics:  Pray for honesty when we are not all we appear to be; ask God to cleanse us and use us in service to others.
Pro-Life Action Network (PLAN)

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