“Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredients.” 1 Corinthians 5:7a
While Paul spent time in jail, he knew the Corinthians were out of control, so he wrote them a letter. He used the small, but powerful, product of yeast as a metaphor to explain how fast their lives grow out of control with the wrong ingredients. Paul said, to live “not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread—simple, genuine, unpretentious.” (vs. 8)
Bread has always been a staple in my home, but the quality of ingredients in bread has changed. Years ago, when my intestines could no longer tolerate wheat, I gave up eating bread. I missed toast with my breakfast and even hot dogs at the ballpark, with the bun to hold the mustard and relish. One day I explored the bread aisle at a health-food store and in the freezer department found a product called Ezekiel 4:9 Spouted Grain Bread. The package said it was flourless, so I bought a loaf and gave it a try.
The name of the product came from Ezekiel 9:4, “Take also unto thee Wheat and Barley, and Beans, and Lentils, and Millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it … (King James version). The bread is hardy, more dense and course, but full of flavor. Toasted and smeared with peanut butter and strawberry preserves makes it rather tasty.
Quality in…quality out. “Good ingredients” make all the difference in our faith journey.
Lord, remove the yeast from my sinful ways. Amen.