“Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.”
This is one of Jesus’ most unusual teachings. It sounds like He is saying “be sneaky.” But living in a place where the gospel is actively plotted against, this teaching becomes very clear. You have to walk carefully. You have to ask hard questions about HOW you do the work of the ministry, about WHERE, about WHEN. This is not due to fear or shame, but to give give the gospel as much room as possible to work. The shepherds in India need to have this kind of wisdom. They have to weigh out the cost often. They are willing to die.... but if they are to die, they must make sure they are dying for the gospel, and not some cultural taboo.
So pray that our brothers and sisters would be as harmless as doves, but as wise as serpents.