“…by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme…” -2 Samuel 12:14
One thing that has stood out to me from things I’ve read this week in the Bible is how important it is that we live our lives in accordance with God’s Word. This is not only important for us as we maintain our integrity before the Lord, but it is also what attracts people to our Savior.
Right before chapter 12 in 2 Samuel, we read the story of David and Bathsheba. To summarize, David coveted Bathsheba (who was another man’s wife), sinned with her, and then had Uriah (her husband) killed in order to cover up their sin and keep it from him. Talk about a slippery slope- and this from the man referred to in 1 Samuel as “a man after God’s own heart!” (On a side note, what an awesome example of God’s forgiveness towards those who show true repentance- God didn’t stop the negative consequences that stemmed from the sin, but He did forgive David and restored their relationship.)
In verse 14 of chapter 12, Nathan the prophet is confronting David about his sin. Nathan says that through David’s sin, the enemies of God had been given opportunity to blaspheme the Lord. How serious! When David sinned, I’m guessing that he probably didn’t think about anything other than gratifying the flesh, but the consequences that resulted were far flung.
This is why Jesus used the analogy of believers being salt in a flavorless world or as light in the darkness. This is why in John 13:35, Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The other day I was reading, and I read this in Hebrews 12:14: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”
We have an awesome responsibility as Christians! As one quote I’ve seen puts it:
“Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.”
Have our actions brought glory to or detracted glory from the Lord? What a weighty question! But it is one that we must ask ourselves…by the way we live, do we give people reasons to come to or stay away from Christ? We can’t be like David.
Our task is too important. We have a great responsibility.