When you think of the Bible, you typically think of things like: Adam and Eve; Mose and the Read Sea; the walls of Jericho; the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; the Revelation and the end times; etc.
But, when you think of the Bible, you don’t typically think about stopping the spread of mildew and infectious disease. This is the kind of thing you would expect to see on Epocrates.com or the Discovery Health channel, not the Bible.
But there it is in Leviticus chapters 13 and 14.
How is this ancient talk of mildew and infectious disease suppose to enrich me spiritually? What is the application from these chapters that will help me grow closer to God and others?
Maybe the lesson is as simple as this…little things, left unattended, can grow into bigger things and ultimately become destructive. This can happen in your personal life, in your relationships, in your business, in church…anywhere. Little things can accumulate and become destructive.
I’ve seen this happen in marriage when a small thing, (a cross word, a negative remark, a little need disregarded, etc.) goes unaddressed and grows, spreading throughout the marriage. If enough small things are allowed to grow, they can eventually overwhelm a marriage to the point that a couple feels they can’t recover.
Little sins are just as destructive as big sins…even more so, because they can be easily overlooked until they have so entrenched themselves in our life they become fatal.
These two chapters from Leviticus teach us to identify and deal with the small sins quickly and definitively…while they are still manageable.
What is a small spot in your life that needs to be isolated and addressed?
Bret Legg is the Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.