Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. (Romans 14:1)
Within the Christian life lies the goal of growth. And not only should we be concerned with growing personally, but we should be concerned with the growth of others, as well. Therefore, those who are more mature in their faith must be careful to keep from placing stumbling blocks in the lives of others – things that could potentially hinder their growth.
Right now my wife, Kari, and I have a goal of helping our little one, Madelyn, to grow into a healthy and happy young lady. In order to do this, we have baby-proofed much of our house. One thing we do is make sure we don’t leave scissors sitting on the coffee table. Is it safe for us to use scissors? Of course! But it’s not safe for Madelyn. As the one who is further along in my brain development, I choose to keep the scissors away from her.
Another thing we do is put covers over the electrical outlets. Now if we were to continue this when Madelyn is 16, then it would be a little ridiculous. Those who are young in their faith need help and encouragement to grow, but they cannot be treated like babies their whole lives. To the contrary, our goal should be to help people grow to a place of maturity while personally seeking to grow to a place of maturity, too.
Is there someone you need to help grow to maturity? Do you have any behaviors or habits that are hindering that person from growing? What are some things you could do to encourage growth while recognizing the place where the person is right now?
Father, we have complete freedom in You. I pray that I wouldn’t use my freedom as a stumbling block for anyone else but that I would see the needs of others and adjust my behavior so as to build them up rather than to lead them away from where they need to go with You. Give me wisdom to see those moments, and then give me the strength to follow through with the wise thing. In the end, may others come to know You on a deeper level.