Sunday, October 26, 2008

Leaven

October 26: Luke 12-13

1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

8 “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, 9 but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.

Luke 12:1-9

Leaven

Luke 12:1-8 very succinctly gives us a picture the the true Christian life. Beginning with a warning, we are reminded that we must always be on our guard so that the world around us will not consume us, showing that we really have no part in Christ. The leaven of the Pharisees in that day is the same as the sins of the world all around us in our day.

It is one thing to look and act like a Christian on the outside, but God always looks on the heart.

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

This is a sober warning that our very words that we said in secret, and the deeds we have done in the dark will be proclaimed on the housetops. It is so common in our day to grumble and complain about others that, as Christians, we hardly even think of it as a sin. Yet, in doing so, we are destroying the reputation of another.

Though it may seem impossible, everything we do and say, publicly and privately, must be done in obedience to Christ. Pray for grace to not be entangled in the sins and actions of the world, but rather to be busy living every moment of every day for Christ.

Many times, the things we do and say are done in fear of what others will think or say about us. In some countries today, we may even be killed for our faith in Christ. Christ tells us, however, to not fear men who can kill our bodies, but rather to fear the One who can kill the body and the soul.

Are you alone in this? Though you may have no Christians with whom to speak and fellowship, God reminds you that He never leaves nor forsakes you. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered, and not one falls to the ground without His knowledge.

By the grace of God, take that step today; cast off the leaven that so corrupts your life. Pray that God will help you cast away everything that is of the world, and from this day forward, live completely committed to Him every moment of every day.

God will answer your prayer, and you will be a different person. What an amazing God we have!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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