Time Passage – Acts 20:29April 26, 2010
“For I know that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”
This post begins a process that will not only will allow me to keep the site more current, (as in they are quick to assemble and yet relevant) it will facilitate those unexpected cogitations that often stem from a spontaneous opening of the scriptures. Oftentimes the most incredible things from the word of God arrive when I just open at random, without a set agenda. Last summer, before CR got rid of his cell phone, we would often do this. We were both on first shift at the time. In the morning, upon waking up, I would open the bible at random, and whatever passage I landed on, I would text the reference to CR. Sometimes it would result in an obscure passage, but usually it would become a point of cogitation throughout the day, once we arrived at work.
This, and subsequent “Time Passage” posts will be a version of this. The verses highlighted may be one stumbled upon unintentionally, something that came forth during planned reading or something that came to light during the preaching of another. This first edition was an unintentional landing, but what an “unintentional landing” it was.
We tend to think of Acts 20:29 as the introduction of erroneous doctrine into the body of Christ, but it goes even deeper than this. It also speaks of folks who profess to know Jesus but have self-serving motives. Being a faithful servant of the Lord is not their primary motive; nor is the well-being of the saints. Such a person may well be unaware that they are harboring such a thing. In John 16:2, Jesus speaks of those who think that they are serving God by killing the saints, and while he is primarily speaking of physical demise, a person with a self-centered mindset can be equally dangerous. A self centered person opens themself up to manipulation by the enemy, who knows exactly which levers to pull in order to bring about a desired outcome. While we tend to think of Acts 20:29 as referring to those in leadership positions, it applies to anyone who enters the flock with a self-centered agenda. (It bears repeating; such a person may well be unaware that they are doing this)
A thought just came to me as I was about to close this up. (well so much for keeping it short) A person who is “not sparing the flock” may well be scripturally solid and proclaiming truth on every issue, but their heart is in the wrong place. This can lead to decisions based on the desires of self; some of which may sow discord, damage those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, and even cause scattering. Paul mentioned in Philippians that “whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” We rejoice whenever truth is proclaimed. We must love the truth, (Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life) love the brethren, love those in our ambience who know not the Lord, and be careful that we don’t place excessive confidence in our contemporaries. This is all the more imperative in this age of celebrity preachers and Christian “superstars” so to speak. “For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos: are ye not carnal?
Well I have to go. Matthew 7:22-23 just came to mind, but I must stop before I spend the entire morning on the comuter.
Blessings always in Jesus name.