“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour
until it worked all through the dough.”
So often Jesus used everyday activities as the source from which He drew His parables. This one finds its origin in the kitchen. It was something every person would have recognised and Jesus would have watched many times in His home.
Bread without yeast can be hard, dry, unappetising and uninteresting. The introduction of yeast makes it soft, porous and spongy, tasty and good to eat. My aunt used to make bread and whenever we were at her house there would be a line of small boys waiting to get their hands on thick, warm slices after it came from the oven.
Like the yeast, once it is added to the dough, the Kingdom of God may appear to be invisible. This is particularly true of the world in which we live. However it does not mean that God is inactive. I have been particularly aware recently not only of God at work in my own life but of His involvement and blessings in the lives of others. This is so often the way that He operates, entering into and transforming the lives of those of His people who are open to it so that they in turn may bless and influence the lives and situations around them. In this way it becomes visible through its effect.
Let the yeast of God’s love, revealed through His Word and His Spirit, work its transformation in your own life – and through you.
Lord help me to embrace Your love, soak in Your Word and be enlivened by Your Spirit. Amen.