Posted by: bshelley | August 20, 2008

Conduits for Stumbling Blocks

Today’s Verse: Matthew 18:7 “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” NASB

I don’t know how many times I have heard, “The reason some people do not come to church is because of the ones who do.” How many have been turned off to God because of possibly well intended family members dragging children off to a church to hear about how they were going to burn in hell if they did not follow the rules? Of course I am fond of some of the responses I have heard to charges of hypocrisy over the years. “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” And my current favorite, “I would rather go to church with them than go to hell with them.” The fact that we chuckle or cringe at these is testimony to how close to the truth they actually come. The real conundrum is, how do we deal with these stumbling block people? Jesus was obviously frustrated with them in His day. I have been known to pray and ask God to give me the ability to see into hearts to be able to discern motives. Fortunately, God has chosen to gracefully refuse this request. My mortal limitations would likely not be able to bear the weight and darkness that would be revealed in some people. Jesus says “woe” to people who are conduits for stumbling blocks for others. Unrepentant woe receives judgment. The idea of a stumbling block is something that is going to keep another from finding faith in Christ or to fall from it. Are you an encourager or a blocker? Do you speak ill of brothers and sisters in Christ behind their back? Are you a person who is seen as one who works to unite or divide? Are you at the bar on Saturday night and on the front row on Sunday? Are you Christ’s all the time, or do you slip on a mask or camouflage on your way to church or work? We must first be truthful to ourselves. Then we need to pray for others and even come alongside the blockers and encourage them. True love is not ignoring the problem.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-matthew-18_7

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