By Steve Cordle
It was a tearful scene. The Apostle Paul was saying good-bye to the leaders of the church in Ephesus, and everyone was quite emotional. (Acts 20)
Like a parent dropping off a child at college for the first time, Paul was excited and confident in the church’s future, but…. he also couldn’t help but wonder if they’d survive the new challenges they’d face without him around. “I know that fater I leave savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” (v. 29)
As group leaders, when we finally leaves a group to our apprentice, we might wonder how they will fare. When a coach lets the new leader go on his own for a while, he may be concerned about what will happen.
It is true they will face problems, even savage wolves. But God’s power is greater, which is why Paul wrote about the armor of God. (Eph. 6) If you lead leaders, it is very helpful to pray for the armor of God to be upon them. And we can encourage them to be on guard for the inevitable attacks from the evil one, who doesn’t like what they are doing.
We need not fear, but anyone in a battle should take realisitic precautions! it is a joy to know the Lord has already provided us what we need: his armor.