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Galatians 5:7-9 (NIV)
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
“Orienteering” is a navigational race that uses compasses to point you in the right direction to find targets and prizes. During the race, when using the compass to set your course, even a small miscalculation can send you way off course. In these few verses, Paul brings together two metaphors that seem odd together, but help him make his point: seemingly small things can make a huge impact. Getting bumped off course can make a huge impact and a tiny amount of yeast can work in a large batch of dough causing the whole thing to rise. What are some of the seemingly small things that take our hearts and minds away from Jesus? Fear? Pain? Anxiety? Stress? A particularly troubled relationship? Work? Let the light of Christ’s love shine on all the small things and be set free to love and be loved before those small things “cut in” and bump you off course.