Paul is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s.
Paul continues by saying: “it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything that causes your brother to stumble.”
Again, when we set up and use “our” standards rather than God’s, we destroy His work. And what is that work but to bring others to Christ that they may not pass into a Christ-less eternity.
Instead of “judging” others for things which may cause a fellow believer to stumble or even walk away, we are to be merciful and forgiving, sharing the lovingkindness that God has poured out upon us lest we are held accountable for a scarred heart.
Today as we enter our prayer closet, let’s stop and ask God to reveal to us where we need a heart change and where we may be causing another to stumble in their walk with Jesus.
Ask: Does whatever “this is” really matter in light of eternity?