Christians must stay away from any activity that can send mixed messages and mislead other people into sinning against God. Paul instructed the Corinthian Christians to be disciplined and have (godly) personal principles. Paul used food as an example and stated, “…Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble” (1 Corinthians. 8:13).
Christians must be sensitive to our surrounding activities; we must be careful in our business dealings and ensure they only encourage other people to abide by the laws of God. Our activities must motivate other people into faithfully serving God; they must not promote a sin.
Truly, not all believers share the same level of faith. Some people can exercise more faith than others; however, those with a high level of faith must cautiously demonstrate it. To what advantage is it for any strong Christian that causes other believers to backslide?
Any Christians, whether he or she has strong faith or not, must ensure not to engage in an activity that can send mix messages to the fellow believers. Our actions must be concise with the teachings of the Bible; most importantly, they must glorify God! For example, no Christian (whether he or she is full of faith or not) should dress half-naked to seduce others. The appearance which he or she may consider as normal can promote promiscuity. It can tempt others and cause them to lust and sin against God! (Other examples also apply.)
Christians of all status, whether young or old, poor or rich, must ensure not to abuse our God-given liberty. Christians must live by an example and encourage other people to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ. The more we live an exemplary lifestyle, the more people will be encouraged to serve God. Our choices to lead by an example will glorify God in all ramifications and put the devil to shame.
Dear God, please give me the grace to be someone who lives by an example. Help me to be a source of positive influence for others. Do not let me abuse your grace in my life. Help me to carefully run my Christian race to honor you and motivate others to also become Christians. Let me make you proud on earth so that you can also be proud of me in heaven! At the end of my Christian race on earth, let me make it to your kingdom to receive your eternal benefits. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
Post by James Taiwo - author of [Bible Giants of Faith] [Bible Application Lessons] [Book of Prayer] [Christian Principle Guides] & others. Learn more about the author at www.BibleLifeLesson.com View all posts by James Taiwo