Causing Others to Sin (Matthew 18)

“Woe to the world for temptations to sin![b] For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! Matthew 18:7

It was not the co-workers intention for the co-worker to get hurt.  In his mind he thought, I will come back and put up this chain barrier in a few minutes, surely no one will come into my area.  But as soon as he went for the sandwich another co-worker came by carrying a heavy box through his area.  The co-worker did not see the edge because the barrier was not up.  Suddenly he realized it, but it was too late.  He fell 60 feet and almost lost his life.  To this day the co-worker has been unable to go back to work.

Was the co-worker intending for his friend to be hurt?  The answer is absolutely no!  But still yet the co-worker was responsible for being negligent in his duties.

Question:  Are you and I ever negligent in our duties?

In Matthew 18 Jesus is asked a question by those who were on duty (His disciples).  They wanted to know who would be the greatest (rewarded the most) in heaven.  Jesus response humbles these men.

Jesus placed a child before them as His illustration for greatness.  Those who want to be rewarded in heaven must have a child-like dependence on God knowing their place in heaven only comes to them through Jesus Christ.

Next, Jesus gives  a strong warning about being negligent in our duties as believers.  God has called each of us into a life of holiness.  When we walk in holiness we are a billboard for Jesus.  When we allow sin to control us we are now a billboard against Jesus.

Jesus teaches of the severity of judgment for such a life:

  • For the Christian there will be severe loss of rewards in heaven, I Corinthians 3:11-16.
  • For the non-Christian there will be severe judgment in hell, Matthew 13:41-44.

Christians are to be people who do not give people reasons to sin.  We are to be a people who rescue sinners.

Here are 3 takeaways for today:

  1. Take seriously all you say, think, and do.
  2. Take seriously your responsibility to go after those who are going astray.
  3. Take seriously the call to disciple others.

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