ALL I HAVE TO DO IS – “ACT NATURALLY”!

Bald Eagle in mid-air flight over Homer Spit Kenai Peninsula Alaska WinterI CORINTHIANS 5:6-8: “It’s not good for you to brag. Don’t you know that a little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough? Remove the old yeast ⌊of sin⌋ so that you may be a new batch of dough, since you don’t actually have the yeast ⌊of sin⌋. Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. So we must not celebrate our festival with the old yeast ⌊of sin⌋ or with the yeast of vice and wickedness. Instead, we must celebrate it with the bread of purity and truth that has no yeast.” (GW)

OBSERVATION: Is it really possible to have victory over sin in my life? This is a question every Christian should grapple with in their life. Paul writes, what at times may seem to be contradictory statements, about the believer and his struggle with the power of sin. In Romans 6 he proclaims the believer’s freedom from the power of sin. Then, in Romans 7 he writes about the dilemma he experiences when trying to live in this power. Unless we read and understand Romans 8, and unless we discern the nuance in the above verses in I Corinthians, we will live in the contradiction, and never experience the promised victory and freedom. What is this nuance?

To help us understand this better, I am going to quote the great theologian – “Ringo Star” :). In one Ringo’s hit songs he writes,

We’ll make a scene about a man that’s sad and lonely,

Begging down upon his bended knee,

I’ll play the part but I won’t need rehearsing,

All I’ll have to do is act naturally.

And therein we discover the nuance in the above verses in I Corinthians – “Act Naturally“. The reason we miss this is because we forget what it means for a believer in Jesus Christ to act naturally. To practice our old sin – the “old leaven” – is to act unnaturally. To live in purity and truth – to live “without yeast” – is to act naturally. Listen again to what Paul writes to the Corinthians,

  • “…Remove the old yeast ⌊of sin⌋ so that you may be a new batch of dough, since you don’t actually have the yeast ⌊of sin⌋. Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

Here is the key phrase – “…you don’t actually have the yeast (of sin).” Why? Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Here in a different way, Paul shares the same truth. When we give ourselves over to sin – we are acting unnaturally. When, through the provision of Jesus death and resurrection, we begin to walk in and after the power of the Holy Spirit – we are acting naturally! Out with the “old” – and in with the “new”! What a wonderful reminder as we prepare to celebrate the wonder of Christmas and begin a New Year!

So, with all due respect to Ringo Star, can I suggest a re-write to his lyrics?

We’ll make a scene about a man that’s been redeemed,

Submitted to the Lord on bended knee,

Soaring through the power of the Spirit,

All I’ll have to do is act naturally.

Lord, as I begin this day, help me to walk in the provision of the cross, the power of the resurrection, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit!

Help me to – act naturally!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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