ARE YOU A STUMBLING BLOCK?

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If what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live--for I don't want to cause another believer to stumble. - I Corinthians 8:13

John Calvin, a French theologian, pastor and reformer during the Protestant Reformation, wrote: "For one can imagine nothing more despicable than this, that while Christ did not hesitate to die so that the weak might not perish, we, on the other hand, do not care a straw for the salvation of the men and women who have been redeemed at such a price..." It goes without saying that a child of God does not have the license to use his liberty in Christ to the disadvantage of others. Sometimes ago, I was caught up in a conversation on Christian liberty and the response and reaction to the topic hit me between the eyes. The question that was posed to me was, "Why should I keep an eye on my lifestyle just for others not to stumble?" It goes to reveal that conversations on Christian liberty is a hot button issue within the Christian circle. While Christians are not called to be men pleasers, they should live as pacesetters for others to follow.

However, it bears mentioning that if your appearances, attitude and disposition would make the unsaved to keep the Gospel at bay, it is crucial to diagnose yourself and sniff out what might have gone wrong. If the lifestyle of a believer doesn't spawn others to embrace Christianity but rather keeps them at arms length, such Christian has either knowingly or unknowingly made him or herself a stumbling block to the gate of salvation. Therefore, you need to assess whether your profile and kingdom royalty has not be defiled by acts and deeds that are out of tune with God's standard.

A Christian could also constitute him or herself as a stumbling block to the growth of other Christians. Those who consider matured Christians as "mobile bibles", which they read in lieu of their Bibles won't groove on reading their bibles if the so called mobile bibles are caught up in the web of hypocrisy, malice, envy, hatred and infidelity towards God and man. Hence, if you aren't inspiring others to grow but causing their faith to go downhill, how do you assess the weight of your relationship with God? Finally, another disservice, which you could do to yourself apart from others is to be of two minds about the word of God, His counsel and promises concerning your life. Allowing your faithlessness to stand as a stumbling block in the way of your miracles may keep you waiting in the wings for God's intervention till kingdom come. Hence, get off every stumbling block you might have erected against others from accessing the gate of salvation, from growing their faith and those hindering the gathering of your harvest of miracles. May you experience overflowing joy that comes the way of true disciples of Christ as you take heed in Jesus name.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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