Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? (1 Corinthians 5:6, NIV 1984).
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (James 2:10, NIV 1984).
My Musings – There are two principles being conveyed in these two passages. There are no little sins, and little sins lead to growing sins. “Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think, there are no little things.” — Bruce Barton.
The oxygen tanks on Apollo 13 exploded because the heater thermostatic switches were overlooked when the rest of the system was upgraded to a higher voltage, causing them to overheat and ignite in the oxygen rich environment. The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch because the O-ring seals used in the joint between the two lower segments of the right Solid Rocket Motor were not designed to handle the unusually cold conditions that existed at this launch. Little things, big consequences.
- Just One Point – It only took the one sin in the Garden that led to the fall of all mankind.
- A Little Yeast – It only took one glance at Bathsheba bathing that led to the larger sins of adultery and murder.
We often think it’s such a little thing and violate the principle of James 2:10. Or, just this once and violate the principle of 1 Corinthians 5:6. Jesus sent His Son to die on the cross for the little sins as much the big sins. There was no sin so small He did not have to die for and no sin so great that He would not die for. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us to and provide the conviction necessary to make sure the yeast of sin does not work through the whole batch of dough.
My Advice – There are no little things.