Read: I Corinthians 8:1-13
Think: In today’s reading, Paul writes, “But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.” Paul challenges every member of the church (the body of Christ on earth) to create a safe place for the weak in faith, so they might be built up into fellowship, service, and worship with those who are strong. More importantly, Paul wants each church member to consider the impact and responsibility he or she has on those who are younger and weaker in the faith. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Act: As a youth worker for the past three decades, one of the primary responsibilities engrained in me during my early years of training was the concept of creating “safe” events and a “safe” atmosphere for all students. Of course the idea makes sense from a biblical perspective, but it had a deeper impact on me personally. Because I was a student who struggled with addiction, I never thought about the church as a place to go to find help, support, or fun. And so I got farther from the church and God. Yet, I am confident that had I been involved in a church on/near my campus that offered a fun, safe atmosphere and fun, safe role models, I believe that my life would have been different as a teenager and young adult. Because of this, I’ve dedicated much of my life to creating safe places and developing safe role models for students. Today, Paul’s words give every Christian an opportunity to reflect on specific things we might do or say that could cause a weaker, younger believer to stumble. Open your heart and mind to hear God speak to you. Then, consider making a pledge today, like Paul did, not to cause another believer to stumble for as long as you live! (At Viewpoint Church, we desire to be a safe church family. We also invite people—young and old—to become Members. For more information, click here.)
Pray: Dear Jesus, I understand that, for the church to have a significant influence in the world for You, it matters what I do and say as a believer and member of the church-at-large. Let my life be an honorable reflection of You. Show me how I can be more unselfish with my life, making Your church a safe place for the weak and young. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Be full of faith today!