Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 11 Scripture Selection: Psalm 69-70
Food for Thought: Ps. 69:5, 6
All around us, there are people observing us and being influenced by our lives. Our lives are either living testimonies of God’s goodness and the blessings of being in the faith, or they can actually be what causes people to stumble and reject Jesus. And our words and actions can either draw them to the Lord or cause them to distance themselves from Him. Though we may not like such a responsibility, and some may even reject it outright, still it is there.
Jesus warned of causing one of the little ones who believe in Him to stumble. He said it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea (Mark 9:42).
Anyone who does not realize or appreciate the impact of a particular behavior or attitude could be the cause of someone’s fall. In fact, the apostle Peter was at one time rebuked for his hypocrisy regarding his treatment of the Gentile believers and for having caused Barnabas to be carried away with the hypocrisy of the Jewish believers (Gal. 2:11-13).
Influencing someone to stumble doesn’t always have to do with actually committing sin, but it may lead someone weak in the faith to go down the wrong road or cause him confusion. The apostle Paul spoke to this in several instances. According to Romans 14:21, “It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.” In I Corinthians 8:9, he said, “But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.” Further, in I Corinthians 10:23 he added, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” (In I Cor. 6:12, Paul says the same thing and adds, “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”)
The key is to live life in such a way that Jesus is glorified, as reflected in I Corinthians 10:31-33: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” Colossians 3:17 compliments this scripture well: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” As we live out these scriptures to the best of our ability, we can be sure that the Lord will use our lives to draw people to Him and not away.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):