Read Acts 20:25-38
Key Verse: Acts 20:29 “I know full well that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock.” (NLT)
Paul continues explaining to the leaders of the church in Ephesus that not only must he go on to Jerusalem, as the Holy Spirit is leading him, but that he knows that he will never see them again. The people in Ephesus were deeply saddened at the thought of any harm coming to Paul. Paul then takes this opportunity to warn them of what he fears will be the greatest challenge that these people will face.
He warns them against false teachers who “will distort the truth in order to draw a following”(v. 30). His warning is very clear to them. He wants them to hold fast to the message he had been teaching to them for the last three years. He knows that there are people out there who would make-up things and do whatever it takes to attract people to follow them.
There has never been more false teaching in the world as there is today. Around every corner you can find some new group trying to attract people away from their faith and into some new belief system. As you Act Out for God you need to make it your desire to stick with the message that you know is true. The temptation will always be there to soften the message in order to make it easier for others to believe or to even add things that you think others want to hear. You are called to share the truth. You are called to share the message of the cross. The way you get that message across may change but the message itself should always be the same.
Prayer: “Lord, as I share the good news of your love to those around me, help me to stick to the truth of your Word even if it may be unpopular sometimes.”