马太福音 13:33-35 他又对他们讲个比喻说：“天国好像面酵，有妇人拿来，藏在三斗面里，直等全团都发起来。”这都是耶稣用比喻对众人说的话；若不用比喻，就不对他们说什么。 这是要应验先知的话，说：我要开口用比喻，把创世以来所隐藏的事发明出来。
祷告: 主耶稣，让你的福音在我心里作工，使我生命的每一部分都愿意顺服你的旨意，而不是随从我自己的意愿! 当我看到福音在我的家人、朋友、甚至是陌生人的心里和生活中运行时，让我为你的国降临而欢呼吧! 奉主耶稣基督的名求。阿们！
Matthew 13:33-35: 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Most people don’t use the kind of yeast that Jesus was talking about. We open up a package of quick rising yeast and mix it into the flour. In ancient times, a woman would keep a handful of dough from the previous baking. The yeast would stay alive in that dough until it was mixed with a large batch of flour. If it was sixty pounds, she must have been a baker and had really strong arms! Then she would let it sit for hours or even a day, and the yeast would slowly work it’s way through the whole batch of dough.
Why is that like the kingdom of heaven? The gospel and the Holy Spirit working in our hearts is like yeast. It wants to take over every corner, every fiber of our heart. The gospel changes everything. It changes our relationship with God, from a sinner to a saint. It changes our relationship with each other, because it is not about me, but about my neighbor. It changes the way I relate to my spouse and children and my boss. It changes the way I think about money and success and business. It doesn’t happen all at once, but over time the gospel continues to work into our whole heart.
So do an experiment with your children. Take a few cups of flour and a little salt and sugar and make a batter with it. Add just a pinch of yeast and mix it in. Then let it set on the counter for a day and watch what happens. When it’s all bubbly and foamy, make some pancakes with it or some bread. That’s how the gospel works in our heart.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let your gospel work throughout my heart so that every part of my life becomes subject to your will and not my own! And when I see that gospel work in the the hearts and lives of others, my family and my friends and even strangers that I’ve me, then let me rejoice that your kingdom has come! I ask this in your name. Amen.