“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
– 1 Corinthians 5:7
At the celebration of the Passover, the Israelites were instructed to get rid of all leaven (yeast) from their homes and to eat unleavened bread during the week-long festival. Not a single trace of yeast should be found in their houses. (Exodus 12:18-20) Yeast is often associated with fermentation, which is seen as a process of decay or corruption. By getting rid of yeast, the Jews are symbolically removing anything impure or corrupt, and reaffirming their commitment to living a pure and righteous life.
It is with the same idea that we enter into the season of Lent. We are urged by the Apostle Paul, in light of our new identity, to get rid of all traces of sin, bad patterns of thoughts and behaviours as well as anything that may corrupt in our lives. Lent though often seen as a period of suffering, is also a season of renewal.
The process of renewal is a deliberate and intentional one. Just as we plan to clear out the unused junk from our houses during the New Year, we also need time and effort to plan how to clear our lives of things that cause spiritual stain and decay. It takes preparation to go through this season of Lent meaningfully.
• What are some actions or behaviours that you wish to get rid of or instil?
• Are there habits of thoughts and speech that you need to correct?
• Are there spiritual disciplines that you wish to incorporate into your daily living?
Take some time to let the Spirit search your life and lead you and your family through this season in a meaningful way.
Have a blessed day and season of Lent ahead!