Jesus also used this illustration:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast 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.”
What's Jesus saying here?
I don't know if you've ever worked with yeast, but getting it to do it's job in a bowl of flour is pretty easy.
You mix it in, cover the bowl, put it in a warm place, & let the yeast be yeast & do it's job.
What is yeast?
“a microscopic fungus consisting of single oval cells that reproduce by budding, and are capable of converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide.”
And it's the carbon dioxide that causes bread to “rise”.
If left alone, yeast will eventually permeate the whole amount of bread mix in the container.
You see the parallels...
We as followers of Jesus just have to be ourselves, let the love of Jesus not only live in us but naturally come out, & eventually the Jesus in us will affect the people & situations around us.
Don't think so?
How many of us have someone in our families, or neighborhoods, or in our churches, that are just class a jerks?
Those jerky people affect the whole atmosphere we are in by simply being the jerks that they are – they don't have to try – their negativity simply permeates.
The opposite is true.
How many of us have someone in our lives somewhere who is just a joy to be around?
And those people change the feeling of the group or situation by just showing up & being who they are.
And what does Jesus challenge us to be?
I think it said something about how the world will know us by the quality of our love for others?
Be yeast today.
Be who we are as a follower of Jesus.
Let the love of Jesus channel through us to the people around us.
And leave the results up to Him.
Just a thought...