I was listening to a sermon by Alistair Begg recently and he asked a question that has been etched onto my mind:
“Are you trusting Jesus or tripping over him?”
The book of 1 Peter in the New Testament uses a variety of analogies to explain the way that Jesus relates to the world. He lists four types of stones that represent Jesus:
- Living Stone,
- Choice Stone,
- Corner Stone,
- Stone of Stumbling
Living Stone: Jesus is alive. Choice Stone: He was chosen by God as the Savior and precious to Him before the foundation of the world. Corner Stone: He is the foundation on which all of creation and all of Christianity is built. Stone of Stumbling: Jesus demands a response. Either you are following him, or you are tripping over him.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a Welsh preacher, made the statement: “Though we claim to believe the whole of Scripture, in practice we frequently deny much of it by ignoring it.” I do not want to deny Scripture. I want to be a hearer and a doer of the Word. I want to honor God with my life.
Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I get distracted. But there are people who have walked this road before us who can offer wisdom, insight and guidance. God Himself through the Bible calls us to an extreme lifestyle of singular focus: to glorify God. I do not pretend to have all the answers. I do not pretend to always keep that eternal perspective. But as I learn from others, I hope to encourage you with their insights, direction and convictions. And hopefully we can trust Him, not trip over Him!