Luke 17:1-3a 1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 So watch yourselves.
In the movie, “Meet the Parents,” there is a scene in which Jack gets right up in Gaylord’s face and says… “I’m watching you.” He does the whole fingers on the eyes thing. It’s pretty funny and kind of nerve-racking at the same time. It will do something to someone when they are being watched. It is motivating, I guess. Jesus said to watch ourselves. We had better pay attention to what we are doing, because it matters to others. Yes, our actions do affect others. This is something to be aware of; it’s something to watch.
When I read Luke 17:1 today, it jumped off the page and smacked me in the face. “People are gonna sin,” Jesus said. It’s true; there will be things that cause us to sin. But Jesus had a pretty hefty warning for those who caused people to sin. Which really should make us think: am I causing anyone to sin? Am I being a source of distraction for someone? Or even worse… am I actually turning someone off to Jesus rather than attracting them to Him?
These are real questions that warrant the two finger eye point. I think Jesus is serious about this. He really does want us to think about how we affect others. Because we so often think in terms of “me.” And Jesus made it clear that you have an impact greater than you. We must be conscious of this; we must consider how our actions are affecting others. Let’s not be a stumbling block; let’s not cause a brother or sister to sin. For surely someone is watching you.