“To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed [in] with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” Luke 13:20-21
The image of leaven – or yeast – is a helpful one for those who bake bread. The little bit of yeast when mixed into the dough changes the entire character of the whole batch of dough.
We’ve seen this played out in a negative effect in society, where one person can change the dynamic of a group, depending on what they bring to the group. But, that change, for the good or the bad, cannot happen from the outside; it is something that happens from within.
This is a good reason why our faith cannot be ours alone. We cannot have a relationship with Jesus apart from the community that helps us to grow into that identification of Christ in our daily lives. We need to be mixed into the dough of the community in order to grow. But this also means that whatever we bring to that community – for the good or the bad – changes the character of the whole community.
Let us choose to be the leaven that enriches the character of our communities in our living a life of discipleship, where we intentionally add our little leaven to grow a community of believers who live strong lives for Christ.
May God bless you!