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Daily Reformation, Matthew 10:16-28
From the Reformer
…their wisdom in exercising caution must be so regulated, as to prevent them from being more timid than is necessary, or from becoming more sluggish in duty. We see that those who wish to pass for cautious and circumspect persons are, for the most part, timorous and lazy. It is no doubt proper for the disciples of Christ, surrounded as they are by dangers on every hand, to maintain the strictest caution; but as they are in extreme danger of being kept back by slothfulness, he bids them move forward honestly wherever their calling leads them.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke
Pulling It Together
The pastor went to his church assignment with the greatest anticipation. He wanted to serve and teach and counsel and protect the flock. But they did not care for him in return. In fact, they asked the Bishop to send them someone else as quickly as possible. After two years of trying to make it work and being blocked at almost every turn, he went to the next town and began anew. He did not give up; he moved forward with God, feeding the sheep—because he could do no other.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers