WORDS AND LIFE
The greatest sin those with spiritual leadership or influence could ever commit is to block the way of others from entering the knowledge of truth. Sadly, it’s common. (e.g. Luke 11:52 – “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”) Of course, Jesus is the key…the way, truth, and life. But, the teachers of the law didn’t accept Him…and they used their influence to block others.Tragic.
I believe there is also another application to this. If a spiritual teacher doesn’t live out the truth that they’re teaching…doesn’t enter it themselves…they will become a natural obstacle to others experiencing it. Simply, we must lead the way in words and life. Ultimate teaching stems from demonstration. (e.g. Jesus washing the disciples feet.)
Do you have spiritual influence as a parent or with someone who doesn’t know Christ? Are you a spiritual leader in any capacity? If yes, make sure your words and life are helping not hindering others to know Jesus. There are enough spiritual obstacles in the world without us being one.