Building Blocks, Or Stumbling Blocks? (Update from 2010)
“Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! Matthew 18:7
I don’t know about you men but when the bible says “Woe” it gets my attention! It is giving me advanced notice that this is a serious warning, “Stop do not even begin to go down this road!!!” Today as I was speaking to some of the men where I worship two challenges were presented to me as far as my role in leadership. God has led me to organize men’s ministry at my local church so I know most of these men on a somewhat intimate basis.
While I can’t delve into their challenges without breaking confidentiality, I can speak to the typical choices we as Christ followers have to make daily. Anytime we speak or walk a different path than God’s word commands us to walk we are disobeying God. “Yes we become that stumbling block God is talking about.” Now as believers this has great impact on the world around us and the ones we love. Talking about the truth but not living it eliminates any credibility or influence we may have had.
Men sometimes our desires take over our brain and instead of pleasing God we fill our fleshly wants and allow them to take control of our lives. We can not compromise the word of God and be a leader! Leadership calls for tough decisions and Christ-like leaders must carry them out. All leaders have to make these decisions and confront their brother’s in a Christ-like manner with love but firmly on the word. Matt. 18:15-16 speaks to this very issue of confrontation and how to apply it!
Now this same obedience applies to any member of the body of Christ (all believers) whether in leadership or not. If we care about our fellow brother we will be there for him always, “the good,the bad and the ugly!” A true friend can speak to you about anything because he knows you care. Speak the truth in love and the Lord will bless you as well as your brother in Christ with great results.
The ultimate goal of confronting a brother on sin is always forgiveness and reconciliation. We need to restore what is broken through a loving discipline that only God can provide through His word.
We just can’t pick and choose what we will be obedient to in the word Of God. All of it applies and should be a way of life since we are the church the body of Christ. Being obedient has so many advantages. First and most important;t this is how we show our love and commitment to our Lord Jesus. Secondly; we become an encouragement to others as we live as Jesus did not becoming a stumbling block. Thirdly; we receive the benefit of leading a godly life and all His blessings, Deut. 28.
“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this– not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.” Romans 14:13
“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:11-12
“My fellow warriors fall in love with Jesus today and tomorrow you will be glad you did!”
Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!