Today’s devotion is hard to write. I must admit that as a pastor, this verse is one I think upon often. One day I was hit with this overwhelming truth—that my actions—my words and my deeds – could cause someone to stumble and fall. This great responsibility caused me to reevaluate everything. I asked the Lord to please reveal to me if I am being a stumbling block, and to give me the wisdom and discernment to not get in the way of His work and His people. I was deciding “instead to live in such a way that (I would) not cause another believer to stumble and fall.” This doesn’t mean I haven’t done it, but that I pray for more of Him and less of me. I pray that I can live in such a way to embrace and encourage others on their walk, pointing them to Jesus, speaking life, equipping the saints for His kingdom.
Fall on your knees today and seek the wisdom and discernment so that you, too, will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. Seek out the best interests of others. Live with the eternal perspective. Today, decide to live in such a way that you build others up, that you show the love of Christ, that you reach down and raise up. This is grace. It is the same grace that God has shown us when He reached down in our broken world, and through Christ Jesus raised us to new life. We are now co-heirs with Christ Jesus. Live in such a way.
“So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.” – Romans 14:13 [NLT]
We have our good days and our not-so-good days. There are days when we find ourselves saying, “This is the best day of my life.” Or maybe “one of the best days of my life.” Those are the days we love most, and yet, if we consider them alongside all the days of our life, they will fall short.
We focus too much on time here on earth, but this is not our home. The Bible tells us that our perspective should be an eternal one. The time here on earth is only a small pinch of eternity. Having a great day is awesome, but it is nothing when placed beside a single day in God’s courts.
Today, rejoice during the good and bad days, but know that something beyond imagination is coming. Keep your focus on the eternal. Having that perspective allows you to live a life of gratitude, full of peace and joy—a life that glorifies God.
“A single day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.” – Psalm 84:10 [NLT]