I’ve heard from younger generations – students here at Bob Jones University and Counselor in Training campers at The Wilds – that they desire to do something for God. They truly desire to change their world.
Okay then, imagine you are having a conversation with God.
“Lord, I know I am saved. I have been delivered from death and sin. I buy into the message of the Gospel. In fact, I am ready to go anywhere to tell that message. So just tell me where to go, God – because I am ready!”
He responds, “Okay, I will send you. But here is how I am going to send you – as a sheep among wolves (Matt. 10:16)!”
“Woah! Wait a minute Lord. What is this wolf business? I mean I am ready to go and change the world for you. I know the Gospel is powerful. But now we are talking wolf and sheep stuff – and I’m supposed to be the sheep? What is up with that?”
God says, “I am the Shepherd (the Good One), and you are My sheep. I am going to send you out into My world to minister for Me. And the people you are trying to reach for Me are wolves.”
“Well, what weapons do I have against these wolves?”
“None but prayer and my Word.”
“What are my chances of success?”
“None. You must be prepared to lay down your life.”
Sheep have no defenses compared to wolves. If you saw a sheep surrounded by ravenous wolves, there would be no question in your mind as to who would survive and who wouldn’t.
And this is what Jesus said we were to be like!
So what chance of success does the sheep have? Much less the chance of convincing the wolves to become sheep! (I mean, would you want to be a sheep?)
And if any wolves ever became sheep, the sheep can’t claim any credit! Yet, the history of the church has been just that – defenseless sheep loving the wolves enough to suffer their rebuke and even at times to die at their hands.
And amazingly, many of the wolves have become sheep!
Here’s the problem: some of us are sheep and find ourselves in the middle of wolves. But instead of being sheep, we try to act like the wolves. We try to dress like them, talk like them, smell like them, and behave like them.
We are sheep in wolves’ clothing!
At times, a sheep in wolves’ clothing will justify himself by saying, “I am trying to infiltrate the wolves and get a chance to talk to them.”
But you will never win a wolf by looking like and acting like them. The only way to turn a wolf into a sheep is to be the right kind of sheep!
Some of us smell like wolves. We listen to their music, adopt their dress styles, mimic their language, and in as many ways as possible try to look like wolves.
And our lives are barren and unproductive! 2 Peter 1:8 states that if you keep up this way, it won’t be long until you forget that you were ever a sheep!
“But I might get hurt! They might make fun of me!”
Absolutely! What’s more, you may even have to die.
But you and I stand here because a generation of sheep were willing to do just that – to lay down their lives so that we could hear the Gospel!
My generation was impacted by a generation that was profoundly moved by five men, including Nate Saint and Jim Elliot.
“He is no fool who gives up that which He cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
They went to reach the Auca Indians in Ecuador and all five of them were martyred. And as a result of their being sheep and not wolves, an entire generation of young people (over 50,000 strong) surrendered their lives to a cause greater than themselves and determined to abandon their lives to God.
We need that to happen in this generation. We need that to happen among millennials and Generation Z after them.
Who will speak and preach to the generation of young people when you are my age? Who will be the preachers, pastors, missionaries, and camp directors of tomorrow so that future generations of young people will be reached by people of your generation when you are my age?
Who among you is willing to live for something bigger than himself? Are you willing to be a sheep? Are you willing to give up your life? Or are you too enamored and entangled with the wolves?
Young Christians, it’s time to change your world. With Christ’s power. For Christ’s glory.