Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Today’s Reading:Acts 20:31 “Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years
I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.”

What would you think of a Pastor who admonished and warned his flock night
and day with tears? Is he hopelessly out of touch? Is that sentimental drivel?
Emotional arm twisting? A sign of a weak mind or a sappy heart? Doesn’t fit with
the modern (or post-modern) concept of a preacher does it? I suppose we could
say those were just metaphorical tears. Maybe Paul was more of a fire-breather
and a Bible thumper than we think. Maybe he was more of an intellectual
expositor. Perhaps he was a happy go lucky jokester, or pep-squad leader.
Maybe he just laid the truth on, and let the chips fall where they may. Or
maybe, just maybe – he was the way he says he was here. Maybe he was a
man burdened with a message from God that neither he, nor anyone else could
safely ignore. Maybe he was so passionate for the souls of men, so zealous to
see men and women come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and then to
seem them grow in that grace that he could not help but warn and plead and
hope and labor and try with all his might – weeping as he went, – to save men
from the fires of Hell. Maybe he couldn’t deal with eternal truths knowing the
reality of their necessity with anything approaching cold detachment. Maybe he
felt so keenly the sense of men’s lostness that nothing short of tearful pleas
would rise to the level of the need of men’s souls. Maybe he just didn’t care how
he looked or sounded, as long as you heard the message, and new that at least
he – if no one else took it seriously. Not verbally flagellating his hearers; not
soothing them with savage silliness or mundane nonsense; not lulling them to
sleep nor fearing to arouse their side-wise glances; just earnestly telling the
Gospel message over and over with every drop of heart and mind the Spirit
could force through his soul. And maybe we need a few more who will preach
that way today. Not as a style – but out of soul ignited by God’s own Spirit.
Pleading for other’s lives, as if pleading for his own.



  1. Mat 9:35-38 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
    When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
    James 5:16 ” The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

    As we have the command and the promise of our God from whom, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”, (James 1:17) and as such is our great hope why don’t we covenant together to earnestly pray to that end.

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