June 24, 2011

Shrewd and Discerning

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 24, 2011

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

It is a temptation for followers of Jesus Christ to drift into naïve living. There can be disengagement with life that becomes irresponsible, but Jesus said, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15). It is engagement in the world that gives Christians relational equity with unbelievers. Indeed, we are called to trust others, but to simultaneously verify their words and actions.

Parents do this with their children, when they confirm that their homework assignments are complete. Adolescents have to be reminded to take their backpacks to their bedrooms, and warned not to snack before dinner. Loving moms and dads keep an eye out for their child (sometimes in the back of their heads it seems), as they have one trusting eye of encouragement, and one somewhat skeptical eye of accountability.

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8).

The same can be said about your work. If you think everything is ok all the time, you will one day abruptly discover it is not. Wise managers, leaders and associates hunt down bad news and cage it with critical collaboration and solutions. They seek to understand its source and not repeat the same mistake twice. Negative trends can be your friend if they are diagnosed early and dealt with thoroughly. There is a practical paranoia when filtered through prayer that is productive, necessary and responsible.

Furthermore, reward the candor of concerned team members. When they speak up and seem somewhat cynical, their passionate prognosis means they care. Be wise and daily discern the meaning of important data like sales reports and your child’s mid term report card. Prayerfully and thoughtfully interpret the information, make adjustments by faith, and then carry on in confidence knowing you have done your part.

Jesus commends shrewdness that is Spirit-led; so seek to apply the wisdom of God in your finances, family, business dealings and relationships. Prayer leads you into a proper perspective that is productive in the Lord’s work. You are a child of the light who no longer gropes in darkness, but is confident in the light. Be shrewd for your Savior’s sake.

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light” (Luke 16:8).What relationships in my life require more shrewdness and discernment from the Spirit?

Related Readings: 2 Samuel 13:3-4; 22:27; Proverbs 22:3; 1 Corinthians 2:14

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