“Watch Me”? – Role Model?
Key Bible Verse: But you must be careful with this freedom of yours. Do not cause a brother or sister with a weaker conscience to stumble. – 1 Corinthians 8:9
Bonus Reading: Titus 2:6-8
When I was in high school, the mother of one of the girls in our church youth group stopped me after the evening service and said, “My daughter went to the movies the other night and was horrified at the terrible language in the film. She had never heard such language in her life.”
I couldn’t figure out why she was telling me about her daughter’s experience unless it was because she considered me to be such a spiritual giant in our group. So I took the bait and asked, “If the movie was so bad, why did your daughter go?” Once the mom had me hooked, she replied, “Well, a week earlier she was driving past the theater and saw you and your date waiting in line to see the film. She reasoned to herself, If this movie is okay for Robert Jeffress, then it must be okay for me.” I quickly looked for the nearest pew to crawl under.
None of us lives in a vacuum. The choices we make have a profound impact on others and therefore on the kingdom of God. They either encourage others to be fully devoted followers of Christ or discourage them. Realizing that provides most of the guidance we need when considering the gray areas of behavior.
—Robert Jeffress in Grace Gone Wild!
My Response: What activity have I foregone to avoid tripping up a friend?
Thought to Apply: We must not deceive ourselves: the eyes of all men are fixed on us.—Jacques Ellul
Adapted from Grace Gone Wild! (WaterBrook, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, give me the resolve and stamina to become a living demonstration of godliness.