James 3:2 (NKJV)
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
It may seem strange to some, but perfection in the Christian walk is not the goal. The goal in the Christian life is to realize you cannot be perfect, therefore you need a Savior. Perfection is not and will never be the goal. Our goal should always be to pick ourselves up when we fall and stumble less as we mature in His way.
Ever Feel Tripped Up?
The idea of “stumble” in this verse is a lot more like being tripped up. The enemy will use everything he can to cause us to stumble. Think about it, how many times have you been walking steadily with the Lord and then all of a sudden you are tripped up over some very simple thing. Taking your eye off Jesus, even for a second can lead us to stumble.
Want To Stumble Less? Avoid The Darkness!
John 11:9–10 reminds us… (9) Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. (10) But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
Jesus proclaimed to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life, praise God to that! He is the Way, our path toward our heavenly goal. He is the Truth, in Him, there are no lies. He is the Life, our very eternal hope. When we turn our eyes away from His way, it can cause us to stumble. He also said He was a light unto our path. When we remain fixated upon the Lord and His path, we will undoubtedly stumble less.
The Goal Of Every Believer Should Be To Stumble Less
Knowing that we all stumble in many ways is both humbling and promising at the same time. It is humbling because as good as we think we are, we are all going to stumble. Anyone that has heard me teach the Word knows that I tend to look at every word in a verse, the word “all” in the verse is very important. We can get down on ourselves when we stumble, thinking nobody else does. But this verse promises us that we all stumble. Me, your pastor, you, the person next to you… we all stumble, we all fall short of the goal. Perfection cannot be the goal. The goal must be to understand when we stumble, get up, and stumble less!
It is rather nice to know what you all stumble, it makes it a little easier to take when I do. In all seriousness, how thankful should we be that perfection is not the goal! The Lord knows we are going to stumble, He knows we are going to trip. His encouragement and our goal should be getting up and stumbling less!
Proverbs 3:23 (NKJV)
23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.