Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15 NIV
Wolves are not detected because of inferior costume design. On the contrary, they know their craft and dress themselves accordingly. They’ve studied the trends and understand the importance of adapting to the sheep’s ever-changing preferences and desires. Solid branding is key, and lucky for the wolf, it’s never been easier.
Wolves know what to capitalize on. Instant gratification makes the short list. Also, pithy tweets and expertly filtered memes can eclipse actual Bible knowledge any day of the week. Social responsibility? Always a boon for business. And, of course, being your best you. Or just being you. #selfie #selflove #selfcare #selfselfself
Wolves appeal to the masses. They’re not hawking dissension or controversy—that would be crazy. Controversy might sustain a second-rate blog, but it’s not going to fill stadiums. Unity, inspiration, and goodwill are what pay dividends and sell a sick amount of swag. #chaching
Oh yeah, and it makes the world a better place and whatnot. “Who are we to judge anything or anyone?” the wolf says, hoping to counteract any possible discernment. “We’re just here to spread the love and be awesome.” #imustincrease #followmemore #isaywhatyouwanttohear
Unity, used cars, timeshares, spirituality. It makes no difference, they’re all just products. And like any salesman worth his salt, the wolf knows the product better than the consumers do. He relies on his creativity, messaging, branding, and personality. Sure, Jesus is discussed, but mostly in an anecdotal sort of way, not in the He-is-Messiah-the-Son-of-the-Living-God sort of way. That would make Jesus the headliner and bad for business. Wolves draw attention to themselves, their names, their products. And, most destructively, their take on goodness and love with narratives far more on trend than the dusty words of yesteryear.
Wolves use all possible means to satisfy their hunger for recognition, honor, status, and wealth. And in a time when vainglorious behavior is celebrated, and selfish-ambition looks like high-energy do-gooding, wolves have become harder to detect.
But detect we must, lest we be deceived. So how do we do that? For starters, we quit consuming. We stop opting for one-off Jesus stories and spiritual inspiration and go directly to the inspired Word of God. We read His stories and meditate on His words. We replace instant gratification with long-term soul satisfaction by allowing Christ to determine our preferences and desires. We reject any message promising ease or lack of resistance as contrary to Jesus’ example and message. We learn who He is and who we are in Him.
We are chosen. Not by wolves to be exploited, but chosen by the true and living God, to be with Him now and for all of eternity.
Excerpt From The Chosen Devotional, Book One,