“I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.” 1 Corinthians 10:33
In his commentary on 1 Corinthians 10, Paul Barnett wrote, “Paul wants fellow-Christians to be stepping stones to faith in the God of Israel and His Son, the Messiah Jesus. Under no circumstances does he want Christians to be stumbling blocks to faith.”
I absolutely loved that the moment I read it and knew I wanted to base Sunday’s message on it. In the passage we will be covering on Sunday Paul will finish talking about the subject of idolatry and eating food sacrificed to idols, and while that specific issue may seem irrelevant to us, the heart of Paul’s instruction to the Corinthians remains as relevant today as ever. Details aside, Paul’s underlying message is that as Christians we should always be seeking to do and to say things that will lead others to Christ and not hinder them. Even if it means sacrificing our own comforts or freedoms, our greatest desire as children of God is that we can be used to help those in our culture experience the beauty, wisdom and life found only in Christ. Only He is the way, the truth and the life.
Although stepping stones are typically broken, dirty and misshapen pieces of rock, they can still be used to help people get to where they need to go. Often we feel like we can’t be used by God because we are so imperfect, but Paul encourages us that we aren’t called to be perfect, only willing to be used in any way - even to be stepped upon - to bring others to the perfect one, Jesus Christ.
Join us on Sunday as we open 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 where Paul will show us that as Christians we are called first and foremost to be “Stepping Stones” that lead to the way, the truth and the life that is Jesus Christ. God bless you all and hope to see you there!