Have you ever seen a believer fall into sin? If you haven’t, chances are you’re not a very observant person. Even un-churched, non-believers see Christians stumble on a regular basis.
Have you ever seen followers of that person then also fall into sin? Unfortunately, it happens all too often. So-and-so did it, so I can, too.
I believe that people are drawn into darkness by the sin of others often because it is not the Light they are following, but the person from which the light shines. They’ve failed to differentiate the two and, when the light dims, rather than continuing to follow the Light, they continue to follow the person.
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:5-6 (ESV)
It is not our job to promote ourselves, but to promote Jesus in us. If we are true stewards of the Gospel, we will direct people to Jesus and away from ourselves. Not only are we showing others how to be stewards of the Light, but we remove ourselves from the equation should we happen to stumble.
Daily Bible reading: Proverbs 21-22, 2 Corinthians 4