Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”

First Corinthians 5:6


It is the little things in life that can end up making the biggest difference. You may have heard about the wealthy woman who was traveling overseas. On one of the stops in a certain country she was visiting she went into a local jewelry store where she saw an absolutely stunning bracelet and desired to buy it. She wired her husband to see if he would be okay in letting her purchase it. The wire she sent read, “Have found a wonderful bracelet. Price 75,000. Dollars. May I buy it?

Her husband promptly wired back his response, “No, price too high.” The cable operator unfortunately omitted the comma, so the woman received this message: “No price too high.” She, therefore, bought the bracelet. What a difference a little comma can make to the meaning of a sentence.

1 Corinthians 5:6 was written to the church in Corinth referencing their failure to deal with a certain sin. The Apostle Paul was very concerned about problems that would occur as a result of it. It only takes a little leaven to affect the whole lump.

The famous artist Michelangelo stated it this way when conversing with some friends. He had been carving on a statue for a month. One of the friends stated that the work he had done in that time period amounted to trifles! Michelangelo responded, “True, they are but trifles, but trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”

Sin is no trifle and it is our sin that requires us to seek a Savior to cleanse our sin from us. There is only one qualified for the position and that is Jesus Christ.

First Timothy 2:5 says it like such, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

I wonder today if you have done what the Bible says you must do in order to be saved and have eternal life?

 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him for the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9.

Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​