A STUMBLING BLOCK
The story is told of a blind man who was found sitting at the street corner in a great city with a lantern beside him. When asked why he had the lantern since light and darkness were the same to him, he answered, “I have it so that others may not stumble over me.”
Have you ever thought about this in the spiritual vein? You can either be a light unto the path of others or you can be a stumbling block. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16). It might be that the only way that someone whom you know will ever know Christ is by following your light. If you do not keep it burning brightly, then that someone (and it could be one near and dear to you) may slip and fall on your sins and be lost in eternal darkness where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” You have a choice. You can lead others in the straight and narrow pathway, or you can go carelessly along the broad way that leads to destruction and carry many with you.
Too many people are like the course of a river. Did you ever see a river that flowed on a straight course? Probably not, because streams generally wind back and forth from the time they gush out of the mountain or seep out of a lake until they find repose in the bosom of the deep. Why? Because rivers become crooked by following the line of least resistance. Don’t follow this course, and don’t be a stumbling block. Be careful that others do not lose their way because your light has gone out. Faithful attendance at all services, and studying your Bible at home are good battery chargers, and the soul that you save may be your own!