One of the questions we often ask when reading Scripture is “how does this apply?” We’re usually thinking in terms of what the Word means for our lives or what promises it holds. Sometimes we ask how it might comfort or exhort us.
Scripture can also warn us about our own nature.
Do you know Acts 20:29-30?
“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.”
We read this verse and think of off-base mega-preachers, church fads, and wacky sects leading people away from God. Paul wasn’t just warning the church against outsiders, but fellow believers. That includes each of us because we all have the potential to behave like wolves.
As saved sinners, we are prone to acting like animals. We can be wolf-like, treating our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ poorly and misleadingly. We might feel like lambs, believing ourselves to be innocent and well-intentioned. But, that can be a disguise from both ourselves and others.
Do you ever act like a wolf?