For so many believers and even myself at times, it’s important to remember that our walk isn’t just about being holy, but it’s about following God’s calling to reach out and help people who are struggling. Jesus shows us that we can serve people who may not have similar thinking, beliefs, or even know God. Jesus taught and demonstrated to his disciples how to have pity and compassion for another’s misfortune or suffering. Jesus’ ability to extend this grace was a true representation of the Kingdom of God.
As Jesus is talking with His disciples, He says “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees.” This text is found in Luke Chapter 12. In today’s mindset, the Pharisees had a bad reputation based on their opposition to Jesus. However, in Jesus’ day, they were likened to our favorite pastor, preacher, teacher, or priest. The disciples didn’t understand what Jesus was saying, but He clarified it, stating that yeast was the “hypocrisy” of the Pharisees: On the outside, they seemed perfect, but on the inside they were dead. Simply put, be aware that if it’s all about rules, yet there is no life within you, you’re not in the Kingdom of God.
Friend, as the disciples followed Jesus, He led them on many adventures outside of their comfort zone. Jesus was moved with compassion for the woman at the well. He also shared meals and fellowship with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus wants us to be full of the spirit! Be full of life! We must think about the people outside of ourselves who are hurting and reach them as representatives of Jesus.