“And He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard!”
Luke 17:1-3, NAS
Jesus is giving his followers a serious warning not to be a stumbling block; not to do something that weaker Christians could fall over. We need to be aware of the fact that non-believers, seekers and even new Christians are watching our lifestyle. Should they be watching us? No! But it is a reality. People watch Christians to see if what we say we believe is actually played out in our lives.
Jesus says that it would be better to tie a one-ton stone around my neck and drown than to lead anyone astray. Wow! That is a pretty stern warning. He follows that statement with a challenge: Be on your guard!
We need to know what we are guarding against. It might be things that we can handle, but we need to avoid them for the sake of the little eyes that are watching and learning from us? People do not hear about our faith with their ears. They hear us with their eyes. Yes, we might have freedom to do some things, wear something, say something or even watch something…but do not be a stumbling block.
We have been bought with a horrible price tag; (1Corinthians 6:20) it cancels all our attitude of freedom. We are His bond-servants so we must each choose to be on guard so as not to lead any observers astray.
QUESTION: What is a behavior, form of dress or attitude that could be a bad example for others? To be on guard means to take corrective action.