“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9).Text — Galatians 5:1-10
Jesus stated, “The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” It is worthy of note that Jesus presented some of His most memorable lessons in parables as helpful ways of connecting abstract spiritual truths with regular everyday activities. In today’s text, leaven is applied negatively to mean bringing legalism (circumcision) into the faith gospel. If allowed, it could destroy the whole gospel message.
Leaven is yeast that helps in fermentation and causes bread to rise. During certain holy festivals, Israelites were instructed not to eat bread that contained leaven. This was because the leaven had become a metaphor for negative influence such as insincerity or hypocrisy. For example, ‘a little sin’ in a family or church member can ruin the other members. On the other hand, leaven provides a perfect image of the kingdom of God. God wants the leaven of the gospel to begin humbly and impact the entire world. Believers, including the youths, must spread the gospel and not sin.
Spread the gospel and not sin.
You can transform others from the inside.
Prayer for today
Gracious God, help me to transform lives!