“We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.” 2 Corinthians 6:3
One of Paul’s goals was to reach as many people for Jesus as possible. He was willing to do what it took to be God’s servant in accomplishing that task. This task was the same one that Jesus had when He walked on the earth and still has it to this day. Paul allowed himself to be examined to see if there was any fault in him. He did not want anything to be the cause that could possibly cause a person to not want to believe in Jesus.
Being a stumbling block for someone can be very easy to do. Many believers talk about God’s love and loving others, yet in the next breath speak hatred for certain types of people and condemn them because of their sinful lifestyle. Others talk about compassion, yet refuse to help someone in need.
Many will talk about striving to live a holy life for God, yet, will watch and enjoy the same sinful stuff the world does. The language of some is no different from the world’s when outside the church doors. The action and rage can be the same.
All of these and many more things can be a stumbling block to someone. The world will look at believers acting like this and will not want to be a part of it. If a person can be a believer and purposefully live in sin, why would they want to subject themselves to the rules of the church world? They can live that way as just a regular sinner/person.
Various Christian leaders have fallen into a great sinful lifestyle that became a stumbling block to many people. It caused many to walk away from God and others to refuse to come to Him.
What do people in your life see? Do they see someone who is truly seeking God’s heart and ways? Or do they see someone who speaks of God, but lives like the world?
Where is your heart really at? God or the world?
Are you willing to do what it takes to not be a stumbling block for others to see Jesus? Put aside your own preferences and follow God fully with all of your heart and abilities. See what God can do in and through you.
I pray today that God will reveal ways you may be a stumbling block to others; that God will strengthen you to change those ways; that Jesus will be seen in you; and that many will come to Jesus through you.