Matthew 16:5-7 – LIVING A LARGER LIFE

Posted: July 15, 2013 in Matthew, Matthew 16
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YEAST BREAD - Created by Ross Cochrane

YEAST BREAD – Created by Ross Cochrane

Just add a little yeast! Her old gnarled hands are skilled as she kneads the yeast into the dough. She leaves the lump on the table to go about her household chores. A reaction takes place as the yeast begins to convert the sugars into carbon dioxide. The dough begins to expand and form tiny bubbles and gas pockets. Distorted formations begin to balloon from the dough. 

Bread Rising (Timelapsed) by Micaël Reynaud, YouTube

By the time she has returned the dough has risen. She breaks it into pieces to form each loaf, leaving them to rise again. The yeast will die when she bakes the bread but the air pockets will remain. I can smell the tantalising aroma of fresh bread filling the room and wafting on the morning breeze.

Just add yeast! When I add my rules and regulations to God’s intentions for my life; my rituals, habits and observances and hold myself and others to certain religious, intellectual or philosophical constraints and I have an inflated distortion of God’s truth; a life that appears larger but has no real substance; a life that lacks the freedom of the Holy Spirit, with an aroma that is alluring, tempting me with it’s cheap grace, then what I have added dies on the inside.

Just add the yeast! When I try to use my good behaviour as a means of being acceptable to God; a religion of good works, of social respectability; a “do-it-yourself” salvation. When I have an air of self-righteousness that permeates the loaf and folds in upon itself, as self-reliance rises above my dependence upon God; an external religion with no need for a personal relationship with Christ, just empty strivings; then I am blowing up a coloured balloon until it bursts.

When I add to God’s Word anything that neutralises the central message of God’s grace; anything that rejects Christ (the “Bread of Life”) dying for our sins and His work alone on the Cross in bringing us the gift of eternal life, I am using the “YEAST OF THE PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES”.

Romans 10:3-4 says “For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with Himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who BELIEVE in Him are made right with God.” 

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT) says “God saved you by His grace when you BELIEVED. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a GIFT from God. Salvation is NOT A REWARD FOR THE GOOD THINGS WE HAVE DONE, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”

The yeast of the Pharisees will never satisfy once I have tasted the bread of life. My service is a by-product not the catalyst of my salvation!

Christ is enough for me. No need for yeast when Christ is present in your life and when He is Lord of your life. He transforms, reforms and gives us the perspective and the direction we need to live life to the full, a life of substance, not a life that simply looks larger but is filled with air pockets. A beautiful song was recently released by our Church (Hillsong Church) written by Reuben Morgan. It expresses that Christ is enough.

The invitation is to acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that He alone died for your sins and offers you eternal life and to believe in Him, trusting in Him alone for salvation and fullness of life. We don’t serve to get saved by Him. But when we are saved, we get to serve Him and live a life of substance. 

Pastor Ross

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