31Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field.32It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
33Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the gyeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Just a little bit of Jesus, makes all the difference in the world! These two illustrations are similar, but there is a difference. In the first, the tiny seed is planted and nurtured and itself becomes a dominating plant in the garden. If we plant the seed of God’s Kingdom in our own life, and let it grow (the gardener can kill the plant), it will become the largest factor in our lives.
The yeast, doesn’t itself become large. The yeast multiplies and spreads. Notice again that the woman must knead the yeast into the dough just as we must work God into every part of our life. Once the yeast is thoroughly mixed into the dough, it changes it drastically. Put dough without yeast in the oven and it comes out flat, lifeless, hard to eat, uninviting, and undesirable. Put the yeast in the dough, give it some time, and then bake it in the oven and you have something light and soft and wonderful with almost any other food. It is healthy and most of the world depends on it.
So it is with us. When we thoroughly mix God into our lives, and give God time to change us, when the heat of trials come along, we are transformed into something the world desperately needs and wants. With God in our lives, hard times become wonderful cocoons of change.
Lord Jesus, dominate my life. Grow and spread and change me. Use the oven I’m in now to change me, and then prepare me for the next oven. Teach me to knead you into every part of my life and then allow You to transform me, in any way You see fit. Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*