They’re Watching You
Posted: Sunday, February 28
Verse of the day:
If anyone causes one of these little ones - those who believe in me - to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42)
My 4-year-old daughter told me to roll up my sleeves so that I don’t get ketchup on my outfit. It happened during a family lunch at a local restaurant. She was repeating instructions that we give her every time she eats french fries and chicken fingers.
Every parent has a story they can tell about their child repeating something they saw done by mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, teacher or other adult.
Children are far more observant than we realize. Yet, kids aren’t the only ones watching you carefully. Think of how keenly you are aware of people you are around. They, too, are soaking in what we say and what we do.
Jesus’ did not mince words when He said, “if anyone causes of these little ones - those who believe in me - to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42 NIV).
There is certainly application for parents in these words of Jesus. We must be careful and intentional about modeling moral behavior for our children.
However, there is a larger challenging call to action. Our actions have the potential to cause someone else to stumble. When we deliberately do something that is out of step with God’s plan for living, an observer may see that as an indicator that the behavior is acceptable for a Christian.
It’s not just about us. We tell ourselves that our faith can withstand going there, drinking this or watching that. Even if there’s a possibility that's true (and it’s usually not), we may be sending the the wrong signal to the one who battles addiction or temptation.