Salt or stumbling block? Which one is it? Ideally, the Christian is the salt of the earth, the light of the world. He is one who has an Influence for good to save souls, to lead them from darkness into the light of Christ. Unfortunately, some who profess to be a Christian are not that salt, light, influence for good and salvation. Some are stumbling blocks, obstacles in the paths of others. Paul admonished “that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way” (Rom. 14:13). There were those in the church at Pergamos who, like Balaam of old, were stumbling blocks to the children of God (Rev. 2:14). The Christian is created “unto good works, which God hath before ordained.” Certainly, God did not create him for the destructive work of causing others to be lost or making their salvation more difficult!
As salt or as a stumbling stone you, by now, have caused someone to become a Christian -- or become lost. The power of influence cannot be minimized. Good influence radiates into far places and affects many people. Bad influence does the same. No living soul is without influence. He influences someone somewhere.
Many Christians refuse to face the reality of their own lives as the effects it has on the lives of others. Some women wonder why their husbands do not become Christians. The answer, in too m any instances, is that the wife is a stumbling stone before her husband. This is also true of the husband toward his wife. Many children, as they mature, see the hypocrisy of their parents, yes parents who profess to be Christians, and later turn away from Christianity to the perplexity and confusion of their parents. Why so? Because the parents were stumbling stones rather than salt and light
Many souls have been won to Christ by Christians who were not gifted teachers, who never preached a sermon or taught a class, but who showed the way to Christ to those who observed their life. Edgar Guest put it this way:
“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one walk with me than merely tell the way.”
There is more to Christianity than merely telling the way. There is the showing of the way. Are there those in the world today who are not faithful to Christ -- because you aren’t? Are you a stumbling block to someone who would follow Christ -- but for you?
Today -- someone is saved because of you...or someone is lost because of you. What will it be tomorrow?
“We were cleaning the church building one evening and our three-year-old son was ‘helping’ us. We walked up to the baptistry to make sure nothing was in the water that shouldn't be and our son said, ‘You can't drink that water.’ I asked him, ‘Why can't we drink the water?’ He replied, ‘Because it has sins in it.’” (from, “A Sunday Afternoon with the Preachers’ Wives”).
It does seem to make sense, doesn’t it? If all our sins are washed away at the point of baptism (Acts 22:16), it’s easy to see how a child could mistakenly think they just collect there in the water. If that were really true, it would be important to drain the baptistry frequently!
I’m thankful, though, that those sins don’t collect in the bottom of a pool of water. They don't get piled up in a closet somewhere ready to be pulled out at a later time like a load of dirty laundry. They don’t get stored on a hard drive in case a “search” needs to be made to find them. No! Thank God, they are removed, blotted out, wiped clean by the blood of Jesus Christ, and we are able to rise from the water a new creature!
“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
1. If each member attended as many services as I do, how often would the building be closed?
2. If each member reached the building the same time as I do, how many would be late for services?
3. If each one attended Bible study as I do, how many would be there?
4. If each one studied the Bible as I do, how much study would there be?
5. If each one prayed as I do, how much praying would there be?
6. If each member tried to sing as hard as I do, what kind of singing would there be?
7. If each member gave as I do, how much would the contribution be?
8. If each member sacrificed as much as I do, how much sacrificing would there be?
9. If each person visited the sick as I do, how many of the sick would be visited?
10. If each one ministered to orphans as I do, how many orphans would be cared for?
11. If each member invited others to the services like I do, how many guests would attend worship?
12. If each person stayed at home with company like I do, how many would attend the worship?
13. If each member tried to lead lost souls to Christ as hard as I do, how many would be reached?
14. If each member complained as much as I do, how much complaining would there be?
15. If each person worked as I do, how much work would be done?
16. If each person gave as many excuses as I do, who would do the Lord’s work?
17. If each person loved unity as I do, how much division would there be?
18. If each member put the kingdom of God first just like I do, what would be the condition of the church?
Are you putting the kingdom of God first? Would the church be stronger or weaker if each member acted just like you do all the time? What will your answer be?