Morning Thought: Wolves operate by separating sheep from the flock. They prey on the weak, vulnerable and isolated. The current climate is ideal for their works. Once drawn away, they pounce on their prey, devouring their flesh. They often clothe themselves in zeal, spirituality, gifts and seemingly just causes. But it’s what’s underneath that counts.
How can you recognise them? Listen to Jesus, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16). Before following someone or buying into the fear they’re selling, ask some critical questions. What’s their track record? Are they marked and motivated by love? Do they serve faithfully in their church? Are they known for submission to spiritual authority? Have you asked your pastors about them? And lastly, have you brought their works out of the darkness of secrecy and into the light?
The good news is that you have a Good Shepherd. Stay close to him. Cultivate intimacy with him. Don’t be drawn into the seduction of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus, our Chief Shepherd, knows how to shepherd those who listen to his voice (John 10:1-5, 11).