6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (ESV)
As I was reading this passage these verses stood out to me. Especially the phrase, “Do you no know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” This really got me thinking. Now I know that this passage is speaking about the church as a whole, but if I may be so bold, I would like to apply this to our personal life.
Personally, do we understand, “that a little leaven leavens the lump?”, lump meaning ourselves. Do we understand that a little sin defiles ourselves? If we add salt water to fresh water, what happens to the fresh water? It becomes salt water. This is the same with sin, if we add sin to something pure, it defiles the whole thing.
I think that many times as Christians we focus on doing “more”. Doing more good, worshipping more, praying more, reading the Word more. Now don’t get me wrong, these are all excellent things. But they are only one side of the coin. Jesus doesn’t want us to simply do more good. He wants to eliminate the bad or sin. We can so often focus on doing more things for Jesus, but we too often forget to eliminate the sin our lives. Now its great that you are adding good things into your life, but take a moment and think of the sin that you could be taking out. You might be praying more, but are you still bringing others down with your words? You may be worshipping Jesus more, but are you still worshipping your smartphone, or car, or whatever it is you worship other than Jesus. Maybe you’re reading the Word more, but are you still reading the gossip collums in magazines?
In conclusion, I would like us (yes, this is for me too), to think about not only about the good things we can add, but the sin that we can throw out. We don’t have to be the church with most good going on, but lets make it a goal to be the church with the least sin retention. Let us be known for continuous throwing out of sin. Let us be Lifecoast, the unleavened church! Let us be ONE!