And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” (Mark 8:15 ESV)
I often skim by this verse because of Jesus’ reminder of his miraculous feedings. But his point is important. It is all too easy to get caught up in activities that others around us deem worthy in order to be acceptable and viewed with esteem, even when those activities are good. The leaven of the Pharisees is to do things for the praise of men, for the attention we gain from those who see us. Even though these things may be good at one time, they may not be good the next, and the satisfaction you crave from them can never be satisfied. It is an idol that demands more and more from you.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Jg 9, Acts 13, Jer 22, Mk 8