Leaven is like yeast. It is a noun and a verb – It is and it does. It’s characteristic impacts and acts everything around. The Kingdom of God silently is, and acts.
A little for a lot. It is:
- Smoothly distributed
- Silently effective
- Supremely impactful
Matthew 13:33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
Luke 13:20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
A little for a lot
The kingdom of heaven appears little and inconsequential but, like yeast has a powerful impact nevertheless. Never underestimate the power within us to change the world around.
A little for a lot
Jesus uses leaven as both a positive and negative influence. As a negative influence, ironically it was the religious leaders brining on the corrupting influence Luke 12:1 beware of the leaven of the Pharisees.
As a positive influence, the kingdom people work together to change the world – the dough.
The mixing process is essential for best effect.
The more the spread the greater the influence
They need to spread out, not clump together for better influence.
We, as Christians are to mix with the world around being “not of but in the world”
Influencing without getting influenced
Leaven has a negative connotation as well.. There are bad influences at work as well polluting the positive effect.
We need to counter those and over come them.
We are influencial for Christ.
Just demonstrating the character of Christ is enough to bear influence.
In addition talking, sharing, as Christ did adds to that influence.
Everyday… we live that influence with everyone we meet.
“all through the dough“
It transforms the entire dough irreversibly. This transformation takes time and the right environment..
It is happening
It will eventually happen.
The world will be irreversibly changed for the best.
Share some examples of how we can be:
1.A little for a lot