You must protect the outside from dangers but also deal with dangers that can be on the inside to fully protect the cargo.
I was talking to Anna the other day and somehow we got to the topic of circling the wagons. The phrase “circle the wagons” originated back in American pioneer times when wagon trains formed into a circle for protection. The idea of protecting the external is great, but what if while you are busy protecting the outside from danger there is a snake in the wagon with your wife and child? What good would it do, if by only protecting the outside, you left the inside open to danger?
Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes that ruin vineyards.
Our vineyards are blooming.
Song of Solomon 2:15 GW
This verse is one that is often used about taking care of external issues. This is a great one. But then, there’s a statement by Jesus that made me think.
I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]*
John 14:30 AMP
Notice the bolded statement? That’s the kicker. That’s the statement that got me. Is there anything in me that belongs to or is in common with the devil? If there is and I do not deal with it with the help of Jesus then I am not fully protecting the valuable cargo that I carry.
I’m not saying to be sin conscious. What I’m saying is that with the help of Jesus get rid of anything on the inside or out that could destroy you or the gift that He has given to you. Be Jesus conscious. He knows the best way to protect his cargo.