By Wanda Parker
I was reading Matthew 16 this morning and saw how easy it is to be a stumbling block for Jesus. Yes a stumbling block for Jesus – that means getting in the way of His work. In doing so others are injured.
- Have you ever over protected a child by trying to make his/her life easier?
- For instance doing your child’s science project for him/her.
- Have you tried to ease the pain of poverty for someone by just supplying money and not walking through life with the individual so she could learn from you?
- Giving money to someone when you came off the freeway – it made you feel so good. But what do they really need?
These are just two possibilities – the list is endless.
Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
God allows difficult times for many different reasons – when we circumvent what God is doing we can become a stumbling block. Peter was reacting from his own feelings, his own wants; he wasn’t thinking of what was best for all of mankind. We read in previous scripture that he knew who Jesus was.
What if Jesus hadn’t paid the price for our sins? There would be no hope.
When we get involved in someone’s life to make ourselves feel better, when our faulty reasoning causes us to give to someone their felt want rather than their real need, we end up stealing all hope of their having a productive, hope-filled life.
All too often we do what is easy rather than what is right.
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