You are an example
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9
As a Christ follower and child of God, you are an example. Not only to the outside world, but also to other believers. This is the reason it is so important to consider your actions and who they will influence. It’s easy for those who are outside of the faith to look and pick at what they feel you are doing wrong, but what about a new Christian that wants to learn God’s way of living life? What are others seeing when they look at your life? Do they see someone who is consistent in their words and in their actions? Or do your actions and speech change depending on who you are around? The truth is, you never know who is going to pick up on something that you may not have wanted to get back to your church family. This is why it is so important to live your life the same way you would if you were following Jesus like one of His 12 disciples. Not because you are focusing on keeping a set of rules and regulations, but because you want to be an example of what it means to not only be a follower, but also to be part of God’s family. You love your heavenly Father and want the world to see that God’s people are different because you have been crowned with His lovingkindness and His tender mercies (see Psalms 103).
Today’s reading is all about eating meat that was offered to idols. We don’t really see much of this today or at least I don’t. However, the passage can still be applied to the example we are setting for others. We live a separated life, not because we are putting on a show, but because we are dedicating our life to be an imitator of God our Father. He said in Ephesians 5 to imitate Him as a child imitates their parents in this world.
This is truly what our goal in life as a Christian is: to be more like our Father. We are not trying to obey a set of rules, but we are trying to help others along the way. How unnecessary it is for others to fall away from their faith simply because of a mature believer not taking their relationship with God seriously. It is serious and it is the only thing that will last beyond this lifetime.
Jesus took this very seriously. In fact, in Mark 9:42 He said if you cause a new believer to stumble, it is better if you were drowned in the sea. That is pretty intense, but it gets the point through that He wants us to look out for the weaker believers and not be selfish in our behavior.
Today I want to encourage you to take a step up in imitating your heavenly Father as His dear child. Press into Him and learn more about how to help those who are new in the faith. Look seriously at the example you are setting to those around you and be the same loving and serving child of God no matter who you are with.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 8