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I Cried, "Wolf!"

I Cried, Wolf!
    Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. Acts 17:11-12 (NIV)
    What a testimony! What a thing to have someone say about you, that you received the message of the gospel with great eagerness, but more importantly, that you examined the scriptures every day to see if what was being told to you was accurate.
    Im sure that youve no doubt heard the story of the shepherd boy who cried wolf. As the story goes
    There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. Once he thought he would play a trick on the villagers and have some fun at their expense. So he ran toward the village crying out, with all his might,
    "Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The wolves are at my lambs!"
    The kind villagers left their work and ran to the field to help him. But when they got there the boy laughed at them for their pains; there was no wolf there.
    Still another day the boy tried the same trick, and the villagers came running to help and got laughed at again. Then one day a wolf did break into the fold and began killing the lambs. In great fright, the boy ran for help. "Wolf! Wolf!" he screamed. "There is a wolf in the flock! Help!"
    The villagers heard him, but they thought it was another mean trick; no one paid the least attention, or went near him. And the shepherd-boy lost all his sheep.
    That is the kind of thing that happens to people who lie: even when they tell the truth no one believes them.
    I found myself thinking of this story the other day because I had passed along a piece of information on an email that was passed on to me by a friend. The email was a petition to stop a party of people who were attempting to stop the reading of the gospel on the radio throughout America. These people allegedly had 287,000 signatures.
    Alarmed and taken back, I gladly signed the petition that would hopefully nullify this attempt to silence the Gospel. I then sent it on to some other Christian friends to sign. I didnt do the due diligence to verify the bill, and as it turned out, it was a false piece of information that had been circulating the Internet.
    One might think, Oh well, no harm, no foul! Or, Better safe than sorry.
    But I say not! I sent out an apology to the people that I had forwarded the errant email. My reasoning and the point of this devotional is this: When we put forth inaccurate information, we loose a little of our testimony with respects to the accurate information that we forward. This works with respect to emails or even in the simple day-to-day conversations that we have with co-workers, friends and family alike.
    We can know that Gospel very well and have studied it and all, but we will have lost a certain portion of our validity because we have been a part of passing along information that we have not determined to be credible. This is how the devil works through us, as he undermines our testimony and message by making careless mistakes. But I believe that God can use all of the attacks from the enemy within our lives that result in our mistakes for His glory. We just need to be humble enough to allow Him to use them in helping others learn from them. We can then be like Joseph and say, you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good&(see Gen. 50:20).
    I want to encourage you to be like the Bereans, and examine the information that comes to you before it is passed on to others in your emails. Make sure that it is good and reliable before passing it on. It can make a great difference the next time you need to warn someone, or pass on valuable information to them, including the Gospel. It can be the difference of them taking the time of reading what you have sent, verses simply hitting the delete button.
    The same rule holds true for the conversations that we engage in. If we dont know the facts, then we shouldnt say that we know something just to be a part of a conversation or attempt to fit in. Or worse yet, we shouldnt argue a point based on a hunch or a notion of something being truthful. We should hold our opinions and refrain from commenting when we dont know for certain. We will be respected for how we conduct ourselves in conversations, because we will eventually earn a reputation of only speaking about something when we are confident of knowing about it. As we earn this reputation, we can now use it for spreading the Gospel, and it will possibly garner an ear of someone who would normally not converse about this subject.
    STUDY QUESTION: What did the Bereans do when they heard the Gospel message?
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you research the Word of God when others pass on information regarding it to you?
    APPLICATION: Always check information that is being passed on to you, especially information regarding the Word of God. Refrain from commenting on things that you are not certain of when conversing with others. Take the time to research what you think to be true before making an assertion of its merit.
    Father, Thank You for the lessons that are learned even when making mistakes. Help me to only speak of things that I know to be true. I would pray that You would allow me to share the mistakes that I make to help others avoid them. Use my testimony for the good Lord. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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