“I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard!” – Acts 20:29-31
Be on your guard! I love this statement that Paul makes to the elders of Ephesus. He is telling them that even a single laxity can cause the greatest destruction. That even within their own ranks we will see some looking to take the beloved away.
Christians, today it is no different than in Paul’s day. We must be on our guard. Be on guard against a society that is ready to sell you evil as good. Be on guard for there are prosperity preachers out there telling you if your faith was just a little stronger you would be rich. Be on your guard for those who look only to tickly the ears, while stealing from the pockets.
So, how are we to be on our guard? “Now I commit you to God and to the Word of His Grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” – Acts 20:32
The Word of God is our defense against the blasphemy of this world. In His Word we find salvation and truth. In His Word we find love that lasts forever and flowing waters of life. It is no accident that the Bible has been the most sold book in the entire world. The Word is from God and provides comfort and salvation for any who would seek Him. This salvation is not just for the rich or the poor; for one race or another. No, it is for any who would call Jesus Lord; any who would believe what He has done for them.
Christians there is no excuse for us in America, we have the Word so ready and available to us; we should never struggle with the Truth. Our problem is the false sense of security we have gained from our overall wealth and good times. Now, in these good times it is time for us to ready ourselves against evil. People, take advantage of the blessing found in freedom that God has given us. Ready yourselves so you will be On Your Guard!