Although Jesus is speaking directly to His disciples in this passage, we know that His words apply to all those He has sent out—including us. As followers of Jesus, we are called to be a part of Christ’s compassionate ministry throughout the world—engaging with and caring for the lives and needs of those around us at all times, just like Jesus did while on earth.
Read Matthew 10:16-25:
- What kind of “wolves” surround us in the world today (v. 16)? Are we called to hide from or live among them?
- What does it look like to be shrewd as snakes in our world today? Why is this necessary?
- At the same time, how can we also be innocent as doves? What do we reveal about Jesus’ nature and character as we reconcile the two?
- What can we do to stay “on guard” at all times (v. 17)? What instructions or promises has God given in His word to help us do so?
- In what ways does God promise to equip us with the words and witness we will need to represent Him and make His message known?
Read Matthew 10:26-33:
- What is most encouraging about Jesus’ teaching in this passage?
- In what ways does God’s knowledge of everything comfort and assure you?
Read Matthew 10:34-42:
- How can we be gentle and kind with those who believe differently, yet never compromise or gloss over difficult truth?
- What does it look like to live our lives acknowledging Jesus as Lord?
Taking it home:
- Based on this passage and what we know about the life of Jesus, what “marching orders” do you think He has for you specifically as you go forth into the world this week?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Exodus 33:7-19 • Psalm 95 • Exodus 19:1-11 • 2 Samuel 22:26-51 • Obadiah 1:12-18 • Hebrews 13.