Stumbling Blocks

Mark 9: 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

Researching this passage I found these words by writer William Shiggins on his blog:

how do you cause someone to stumble? Let’s take the hypothetical situation that I think Jesus is working with – someone offers an Apostle a glass of water because they want to support their ministry of preaching and healing.

But the apostle, because he thinks he is so important, and this person so insignificant, communicates condescension and contempt through his words and actions and makes the person feel inadequate, discouraged and shamed. The little one is crushed. He thinks, “One of the 12 thinks I’m not good enough to be a disciple of Jesus. The best I can do isn’t good enough.” And so the little one gives up following Jesus. The apostle has caused this little one to stumble.

You can see the core issue here, a disregard for the well-being of those who are not as mature or knowledgeable or gifted, or experienced as you are. You aren’t concerned with how your words and actions affect them. And this comes from a sense that you are better than these little ones.”

Once we accept Christ as our Savior we become advocates for Him in this world. Our lives become examples for others.

We need to ask ourselves: do others see the difference Christ makes in my daily life? Do I do things differently because of Him? Am I more loving and intentional? Is my morality in line with Jesus’s teachings?

We need to ensure our daily words and actions present an accurate image of Christ and God and glorify them both. Everything from: the way we handle conflict, the words we use to the content we watch, anything seen by others can either be an open door or a stumbling block to God.

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