Galatians 5:7-10 New International Version (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.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.
Have you ever been having a good day, only to have something or someone happen, and totally change the day? It’s easy to get beat down by life some days. And it’s even easier to point the finger at other people or difficult circumstances when we let the things going on around us effect our relationships negatively. I totally understand that sometimes life is difficult, and sometimes it’s unfair, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about when we’re really finding our stride in our Christian walk, and then we let something knock us off the path. That’s why I love the section of scripture in Galatians 5. It leaves us with no excuses.
This section reminds us that we are responsible for our own faith. It isn’t our pastor’s, our parents’, or our friends’ responsibility. Those can all be great people that God uses to challenge us to grow, but we must be careful to follow God and the teachings of Jesus, not people. Notice too that even a little yeast works its way through the whole batch of dough. Letting just a little thing bother us without dealing with it could have huge implications on our actions. We also see that whoever is throwing us into confusion, has to pay a penalty. We must therefore also pay attention to how we are influencing people. Take a good look into your life and ask yourself, Am I letting someone throw me off my daily walk? Am I throwing someone else off of theirs? If the answer is yes, we have some changes to make.