“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." - Matthew 10:16
Law enforcement is a stressful career. The officer needs to understand the lifestyle and techniques of criminals, but at the same time remain righteous. Such people live and work in the shadow of evil and darkness of deceit. Sadly, there are some who fall prey to temptation and end up as sheep to the slaughter. The calling is dangerous.
Choosing to follow Jesus is an exciting step in the beginning. The future looks bright and the adventure is challenging. But, in time the Christian disciple finds out that they are facing spiritual wolves that want to cause havoc. The threat is real and the schemes from the evil one are treacherous. (Ephesians 6:11) The calling is dangerous.
Peter told us in 1 Peter 5:8, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." We are the presence of righteousness in a world of evil. We are "sheep in the midst of wolves". Therefore, we need to be wise to the ways of the world, but walk in the ways of the Lord. The calling is dangerous.