He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’” vs. 33Matthew 13:31-33
Jesus was not only familiar with the ways of farmers; he evidently knew his way around the kitchen too. At least he knows the properties of yeast and uses this simple single-celled micro-organism to teach an important lesson about the kingdom of heaven. So often as the people of God we get discouraged about the impact our little communities of faith are having in the world. We lament to one another and whoever will listen, “We’re just not big enough…we don’t have enough members…we’re making no difference to anyone.” And the truth is that just one believer has a powerful influence on a group of non-believers and just one congregation can change a whole community. Our presence in the world, even though we’re vastly outnumbered, is having a profound impact for good. Just imagine what the world would be like if there were no yeast organisms – not only would there be no sourdough bread, there wouldn’t even be any beer! Yeast is one of the essential ingredients of the good life. And without believers there would be no Christ in the world! So even though we may think of ourselves as pretty unimpressive and wish we could have more of an impact, just think what a dismal place this world would be without us!
Thought for the Day: How do I influence others?