Last week, we learnt that Jesus instructed those who wanted to follow Him, that they should obey His commandments. These commandments or instructions train the follower for future responsibilities. As we train, we grow.
Those who choose not to pursue this training will not lose their salvation. However, they do themselves a grave disservice. If they happen to be influential, then they can cause others to remain spiritually infantile.
If people remain spiritually infantile, then they will likely never learn to overcome temptations. There are consequences for irresponsibly influencing others to remain vulnerable to temptations. Hear Jesus.
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)
We must be very careful not to dissuade others from growing. As we train, we will inevitably stumble. However, through practice, we get progressively better.