5 When the disciples arrived on the other side of the lake, they had forgotten to bring bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch out and be on your guard for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “We didn’t bring any bread.” 8 Jesus knew what they were discussing and said, “You people of weak faith! Why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you don’t have any bread? 9 Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves that fed the five thousand and how many baskets of leftovers you gathered? 10 And the seven loaves that fed the four thousand and how many large baskets of leftovers you gathered? 11 Don’t you know that I wasn’t talking about bread? But be on your guard for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he wasn’t telling them to be on their guard for yeast used in making bread. No, he was telling them to watch out for the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16:5-12, CEB)
Whose teaching should we watch out for today?
Many would say the teachings of those who say that everyone is included in God’s grace who are living sinful lives. LGBTQIA+ people are not to be included because they are sinning and living a shameful life is what some people say, and they would think that anyone who doesn’t believe this is not teaching correctly and therefore are yeast we should look out for.
But who really should we not pay attention to? I am sure there are lots of people who would say that you should not listen to me, because I am one of those people that believes God accepts us as we are and loves us. God doesn’t want us to change before we come to God, because God has made us perfect. To quote the great theologian Jon Bon Jovi, “When you want to give up and your heart’s about to break Remember that you’re perfect, God makes no mistakes” (From the Song Welcome to Wherever you are.)
We should know that God loves us the way we were created by God, and when someone tells us we need to be different before God will love us, then I will tell you, they are the yeast Jesus is talking about.
Now this doesn’t mean we do not change, but God is the one that does the changing, not us.
Know you are perfect as you are, because that is how God made you, and God doesn’t make mistakes.
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