Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, April 29
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
A Little Leaven
I Corinthians 5:11 NKJV "But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner— not even to eat with such a person."
One wonders why Paul warned the Corinthian Christians to disassociate themselves from certain individuals among them who were not living the Christian life: the answer is simple; a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Until we understand the fact that we are one body, and that whatever one of us does affects everyone of us, we will never get it right nor see God's power and glory manifest in our midst as it ought to.
Let me explain this further. In the Old Testament, one man, Achan, took the accursed things from Jericho and hid them in his house. He did that on his own, without the knowledge and consent of other Israelites, but guess what, the Bible says it was the children of Israel that sinned! For the sin of one man, the Bible says that the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel. Hmm. When Joshua prayed to the Lord, God said to him, "Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you."
The sin of just one man among thousands and millions of people made a nation weak, nearly resulted in their destruction, and robbed them of the presence of God. Brothers and sisters, we are one. I need you to think seriously about how your actions are affecting your Church, your family and the universal Church at large. And we all must be truly concerned about one another, especially in our local churches. It is well.