After working there a while, and spending all day with large groups of people, he had noticed a common theme: people were just like sheep.
1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Reference: v. 6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? (NIV Bible)
Explore: A mate of mine used to work at a museum in the city. He would take groups of people around giving them all the information they required. After working there a while, and spending all day with large groups of people, he had noticed a common theme: people were just like sheep. He couldn’t believe that people would just follow someone else, even if they were doing the wrong thing or going in the completely wrong direction.
Application: The Apostle Paul recognises the sheep-like following of people when addressing the Corinthians. When they are lax at holding their fellow believers accountable, Paul knows that it won’t just stop with one person. Our bad habits and behaviour are like yeast working its way through dough. Soon enough everyone will be doing whatever they want. While it is never easy to have conversations with another person to hold them accountable for their actions, if we don’t enter in to those discussions then it can have a broader impact than just on that one person. If we are together as a whole community then the good behaviour, as well as the bad behaviour, has an impact on everyone. We are like sheep, may we not go astray.
Prayer: Lord, help us to have the courage to address issues when we see them. May we speak to our brothers and sisters with love and integrity. Amen.
What are some common behaviours in the communities you are involved in?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.