Luke 17:1-3 — Causing others to fall

Just a quick note:  I’m currently on vacation back home in Hawaii.  So, I may or may not be blogging every day as usual.  We’ll see how things fall out.

Speaking of falling, Jesus says here,

Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.  It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.  (1-2)    

Those words are heavy enough.  Jesus then lends even heavier weight to them, saying,

So watch yourselves.  (3)

I don’t know about you, but those words give me pause.  I have a 5 year old daughter who certainly qualifies as a “little one.”  What kind of father am I to her?  I do my best, but I’m far from a perfect father.  Yet she is watching me.  Am I being a good example to her?  Or am I doing things that would cause her to fall.

As I think of that, I can only say, “God have mercy on me, a sinner.”

But what of the other people in my life?  My wife?  My coworkers.  The people at church, especially the younger Christians, but all that I come into contact with.  Do I cause any to fall because of my actions?  Because of my attitudes?

How about you?  What kind of person are you to those around you?  Do you help them to come closer to Christ?  Or do you cause them to stumble into sin?

Lord God, you know my heart.  You know my failures.  You know the people I’ve caused to fall, intentionally or not.  Lord, forgive me.  Change me.  Reshape my heart.  My attitude.  My actions.  Let people draw nearer to you because of me.  Let them not fall because of me.  In Jesus name, amen.


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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