HOST: Michael Whitworth
He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
This short little parable, like the last, is intended to foretell the growth and influence of the church in the world. Leaven, the object that is used here, is often used in the Bible to represent evil influences and the negative effect that those influences can have on God’s people. Here, however, Jesus uses leaven to represent the good influence of the church. Leaven is the substance used to cause bread to rise. It works on the inside, causing the dough to increase and expand, often to several times its original size. In the same way, Jesus says, as the Word of God is spread through the church, the hearts and lives of people are changed, and the church will grow and expand. The question for us is, are we continuing to be like leaven in the world? Are we striving to change those around us through the Word of God lived out in our lives and thus enlarging the kingdom of heaven? If not, why not?
What are some things that we can do to help enlarge the kingdom of heaven?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!