(Lesson 2 of 3)
In lesson 1, we learned that doubt is more than something that we can keep to ourselves. Doubt ultimately affects our daily lives! When we doubt something, we will hold back our level of commitment. People who doubt their ability to go soul-winning, don’t go… People who don’t God’s ability to supply their needs, don’t tithe… Doubt will always hinder us in our walk with God, but it also affects the lives of those around us!
This is the second lesson (3 total) on “The Effects of Doubt”
2. Doubt discourages others
Whether we like it or not, people are constantly watching us to see how strong our Christian walk is. Every decision we make is influencing someone around us! Even something as simple as missing church on a Sunday night can send a message to a newer Christian that Sunday night isn’t too important.
As God’s people, we need to not only be concerned about how our actions affect our own lives, but how it affects those around us!
“Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” – Romans 14:13
As we talked about in the first lesson, when we doubt, we tend to hold back from God in our time, our service, and our finances. So, while we are holding back, others are taking notice and are being discouraged by our lack of progress. The Bible says that we shouldn’t be a stumblingblock for others, but that’s exactly what we are doing when we allow our doubt to affect our daily lives.
“When we doubt, it affects our personal walk… and people notice!” – Unknown Author
Are we being good examples to those around us? Many of us have unsaved family members… are we being strong examples for them to look up to? They need to be able to see Christ through us, but that can’t happen if we are holding back in different areas of our lives! Why would they want to be a Christian if it doesn’t seem to be a big deal to you?
We need to strengthen our personal faith so that we aren’t a stumbling block to those close to us! Our parents, friends, coworkers, kids, and grand-kids are watching us. For many of these people, you may be the only example of Christianity they have to learn from… Is your Christian walk worth copying?