Be On Guard

sheep“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:24-32

We have been sent not only as ambassadors of Christ, to share the gospel with all of the nations, but we also have responsibilities in our homes and among our families. There will be times where false teachers will come among our friends and family sowing seeds of evil and wrong teaching. These are the wolves causing discord among the church, leading the sheep astray. To combat this, we must be in God’s Word every day.

I remember being asked “How can I know when I’m dealing with a false teacher; or who is a false teacher?” My answer was we have different options we can turn to to know the truth from lies: We have our pastors who regularly study the Scripture and are consistently focused on Christ to avoid being led astray. We should turn to them. Another would be trusted leaders who are in God’s Word, walking with Him, leaning on His words, and gaining in understanding. The most important is that you are consistently in God’s Word, studying for yourself. Then you will not be led astray by the wolves and these false teachers. Instead, you can face them resting wholly upon the word of God. Having the knowledge of what it says will enable you to protect the flock from being devoured by the world in sin and lies.

My challenge, even to myself, is to be in God’s Word daily, meditating on His words and learning discernment. I desire to be a guardian for His truth and stand between the wolves and the flock.

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