Authentic Leaders Are Led
Stumbling Blocks – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:4-13
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 6:3
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
The Apostle Paul reminds those of us who want to always be a positive influence on others that we must watch out for stumbling blocks. The Greek word Paul chose for the phrase “stumbling blocks” was proskope. The literal translation would be an occasion of stumbling; to lead another into error or sin. The Amplified Bible translates this verse: “We put no obstruction in anybody’s way [we give no offense in anything], so that no fault may be found and our ministry blamed or discredited.”
I am sure that none of us want our influence to be discredited. Leaders must think about more than whether something makes sense for them or is sin for them. Leaders must consider what it might look like to others and potentially cause others to be harmed in some way. Those who lead (influence) others in a negative way, habitually disregard this principal of the stumbling block! Their attitude is, “why should I not do something just because others can’t?” Negative influencers have their minds set on one thing, their own selfish wants and desires.
Positive influencers (leaders) develop a compassion and concern for a weaker person that might be watching them. These leaders are horrified at the thought that their children, co-workers, or neighbors might stumble because of their influence. These leaders follow Christ’s example closely!
Father, give me your heart and your eyes as I walk through my day. Remind me often that others are watching me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.