Google any recipe for bread, and more than likely it will include this main ingredient–yeast.
Known as a leavening agent, yeast makes bread rise. Any baker will tell you this powerful ingredient must be used carefully, since it takes only a little to affect a whole batch of dough. The yeast causes a reaction in the dough, causing it to weaken and rise. This rising secretly spreads to the entire lump of dough, and once the yeast is released, it automatically creates a change or reaction.
My friend, be on guard. For just like yeast causes a loaf of bread to rise uncontrollably, a “little” bit of sin can take control of our lives, our homes, our marriages, or our attitudes when we are not careful. A little dab of sin will do the same to our lives as a little dab of yeast will affect a loaf of bread.
Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” … Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us.~1 Corinthians 5:6-7 NLT
Paul’s admonishment to the church in Corinth, recorded in the above verse, is one of my favorite reminders of the effects of sin in the body of Christ when it is left unchecked. Paul is letting us know that we cannot be careless about how we navigate through life. Our environment impacts our actions more than we may realize.
During the Passover feast, the Jews who were captive in Egypt, were delivered from death by applying blood from the Lamb to their doors. After they applied the blood, the Jewish families ate their Passover supper. One of the requirements was that no yeast (leaven) could be found anywhere in their dwellings. So, they would physically sweep them out. This represents change. Even the bread they needed as sustenance would be made without yeast, because the yeast represented sin.
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.~Romans 7:18-19 NLT
Friend, there’s a struggle. This leavening agent is a picture of the affects of sin. We war with our sinful nature, doing what we don’t want to do, and desiring a sinless life, but watching this lofty goal evade us. Often we can pinpoint the leavening agents that infiltrate our lives, causing areas to grow that should not. It is easy to get caught up in the moment when we allow these “little habits” to take control. Small sins become mighty when not controlled.
I can say, regretfully, that I have been there. When I have waited too long in a line, or been on hold for too long in the phone, I begin to complain. My complaining about one difficulty, leads to complaining about something else. I have, at times, allowed my sour attitude to direct my thoughts. Or when my wife and I have had a disagreement, instead of letting humility taking control, I operate in stubbornness.
Often we can pinpoint the leavening agents that infiltrate our lives, causing areas to grow that should not. It is easy to get caught up in the moment when we allow these “little habits” to take control.~Charles E. Maldon, Jr., founder/administrator of Naked But Not Ashamed Ministries
Interestingly enough, when a little leaven is used in the dough, it is not seen. However, we can see the effects of it, as it secretly moves over the dough. I’m no baker, but this example of leavening yeast shows us we have to be careful when we allow seemingly small sins into our lives. These become transgressions–willful sins–so we must nip them when they are small. We must not compromise with sin, but for the sake of our spiritual and eternal interests, we must stay alert so that we do not fall to the leaven of sin that Christ wants to free us from.
The Lord has delivered us from our past sin. The Jews were demonstrating this as they swept their dwellings from yeast. They were getting rid of the old. In doing so, they were also making room for the new. This “new” is for us the good life we have in Christ, and for the Jews, they looked forward to His coming.
Friend, sometimes we have to do an inventory to see what we need to throw out. Do we need to throw out lousy thinking, negative attitudes, or anxious thoughts? Are we bringing a little into our homes and causing a lot of pain? Even the dab of sin that we notice within us, we must not tolerate.
Sin not only affects our relationships with family, friends, and Christ, it affects our witness. Are we sending mixed messages to those that we meet and speak with daily? Do we make people question if we are a true Christian or not?
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. … So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.~Romans 7:24b, 8:1-2 NLT
Paul invited the Corinthians to take an introspective look at where they needed to change. He then advised they live in the Spirit so they could control this annoying leaven of sin. The same applies today to us. To see the little that is keeping us from growing requires an honest assessment of ourselves, and a yielding to God’s Spirit to overcome. We must realize what to purge, for the true blessing of Christ manifests in our lives when we do. For Christ to reign within us must be our goal.
What is the “little dab of sin” that is hindering you from advancing in your relationships? Will you yield it to Jesus?
Lord, help me to trust Your process of change. Allow me to recognize the hindrances that plague me so that I may grow in You. Please help me to purge those areas that take me back to the old ways of living. Let me realize that I need more of You less of myself. I desire to be more like You, daily. Teach me how to recognize and remove the sin that so easily besets me. That I may be the husband and citizen that You have called me to be.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ.
Charles is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial—perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the founder/administrator of Naked But Not Ashamed, a ministry, which focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage. He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page, Naked but Not Ashamed, where his hope is to touch someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
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