READ: Matthew 18:7-14
THOUGHT: Jesus warned His disciples about 2 ways to cause others to sin: 1. Tempting them to (18:7-9). 2. Neglecting or despising someone (18:10-14). As followers of Jesus Christ, we are leaders in the Kingdom of Heaven. Think about this—think about your service to your Lord: we are to help young people, and all new believers regardless of age! We are to lovingly help others avoid anything or anyone that could cause them to stumble in their faith and lead them to sin. We are leaders, for Jesus. We are His hands and feet, the light of the world. We must never take lightly this spiritual education and the spiritual protection of those who are young in age or young in the faith!
APPLY IT: Jesus is putting heavy physical emphasis on how we must remove stumbling blocks that cause us to sin. Some say that this does not mean to actually cut off a part of the body….but in the same sense, is your eye causing you to sin worth going to hell as Jesus says…? Jesus doesn’t want you to remove any body parts—for you who come to know Him personally and intimately, you have His almighty power and Spirit dwelling inside of you!!!! You have THE power over sin. As the church, as Jesus’ church, we are the body of believers—for the church, this means that any person, program, or teaching that threatens the spiritual growth of the body of Christ, must be removed.
For us as individuals, any relationship, lifestyle practice, habit, or activity that leads to sin must be stopped. Jesus says it would be better to go to heaven with one hand than to hell with both. Sin, of course, affects more than our hands; it affects our mind and hearts, our souls and our Spirits. We are body, soul, and Spirit. We are created in His image, we are 3 parts, just like the Trinity. We are one being, in 3 parts, just like God is one being, in 3 parts. As soon as we deal with the sin in our lives, honestly before God, repenting at the fact that our sin separates us from Him…then we get right with God. Repentance is simply changing your mind about sin. God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirt changes our mind and leads us to talking to God and getting back into right relationship with Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.”
Just as a shepherd is concerned enough about one lost sheep to go search the hills for it, so God is concerned about every human being He has created, “he does not want anyone to be destroyed,” 2 Peter 3:9. If you come into contact with peers, friends, family, or others in your community and neighborhood who need Christ, steer them toward Him by YOUR example, YOUR words, and YOUR acts of kindness and love that all line up with God’s Word. For Jesus went around just simply doing good:
Acts 10:38 "And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
First and foremost, Jesus went around doing good. We have Jesus in our hearts yes? Okay then, the Holy Spirit power inside of our bodies.... So we are capable of allowing our bodies to do good! Let us go around doing good, with His power! Hey, we might even heal some around us that are currently being oppressed by our enemy satan. Our going around doing good, heals people’s lives. Do this in Jesus’ name, because He told you to follow Him. When they ask you why you are being so good to them....tell them because Jesus told you to, because God's Holy Spirit told you to!
PRAY: “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. 11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. 15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.” 2 Peter 3:8-16
*If you have any questions— about whether or not Jesus is in your heart, about being saved, or about serving Jesus as your LORD, I am here. We are here to answer questions and to lead you to the Lord by His instructions and Word. If you would just like to talk about the things of God, I am here :)