Good Teaching = Good Bread

12th February

 “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.”

Matthew 13:33 

Jesus explains what the Kingdom of Heaven is like in four separate parables here in chapter 13. Each parable has its own twist. The parable of the yeast again explains to us an important message about the work of salvation in our hearts.

Interestingly it only takes a small amount of yeast in a bread dough to make it rise. If we understand the Kingdom of Heaven as God’s salvation in our lives, then all it takes is a little faith to believe in God and accept the work of His regeneration in our lives. More often than not, just like the yeasts effect in a dough, salvation although immediate, tends to be an inward work of God ripping out the old and forming us into a new creation. There are sometimes things that are deeply rooted in our hearts that are a process to deal with yet what is great about God’s grace is that He goes at our pace. Yes salvation is immediate but becoming more like Christ is often a lifetime journey.

The great thing about the yeast in a dough, is although only a little is used, its effects are huge. You can take a meagre bread dough and once it has proved can rise to two if not three times the size of its original shape. So it is with our lives. We are called to not only enjoy salvation for ourselves, but to have a growing influence on those around us, showing the world God’s goodness through your life. God is the Master Baker, let Him shape you and mould you for His glory. Then go and share yourself to the world!

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