I made and baked my own bread for many years. The whole family would enjoy watching me do this – I think they anticipated the end result more than being onlookers to the mixing process.
It can be a very satisfying undertaking; the mixing and adding of good and active yeast, the kneading and then the ‘resting’ to allow the dough to rise. This resting time enables the yeast to infiltrate the whole lump, making it lighter and more palatable after baking.
Leavening, in this instance produces good and acceptable results. A pleasure to anticipate and even better when tasted and then feasted upon.
Conversely, there is unsavory sin! Liken it to bad yeast added to good ingredients. It will contaminate the whole batch. Just a tiny wrong, something we might think of as inconsequential, will have the same effect. It will stay in our heart and spirit, spreading its imperfection and spoiling our character and image.
Just a tiny transgression can easily increase beyond our control, becoming a habit and changing us from pleasant and acceptable beings into someone who is tainted by unpalatable behaviors and beliefs. Beings that no good person wants to have any part of!
1 Corinthians 5:6 – 7a Stop being proud! Don’t you know how a little yeast can spread through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast! (CEV)
Prayer: Father God, let us stay very aware of good and evil. Let us be wise and not be fooled into spoiling our characters by allowing immoral, greedy, proud or profane people into our social activities or any other part of our lives. Let us be all that You desire of us; wholesome and acceptable in all our ways. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen!