In Acts chapter 20, Paul addressed the Ephesus church elders prior to leaving the area. In verse 29, he says:
I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
This picture of sheep and wolves is used many times throughout the Bible. It speaks of the nature of our enemy, the devil, and his demon army. In the same way that the wolves’ intention is to devour and destroy the sheep, the devil’s desire is to destroy humanity.
Let’s consider the analogy of the flock to the church. When wolves attack, which sheep do they select? It is the weak sheep on the perimeter of the flock. The one who is separated. Isn’t this a great reason to become immersed in your church? Are you volunteering? If not, move to the center of the flock and begin! Are you engaged in a small group? If not, move to the center of the flock and get protected. You are placing yourself in danger by remaining on the periphery. The wolves are real and they are constantly hunting for you.