The kingdom of heaven is like leaven

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.”

I can imagine some women listening as Jesus speaks words that they would have an experiential understanding of. Like the tiny mustard seed that grew into a huge tree Jesus compares the kingdom to leaven, an agent of expansion and growth. Here is a definition:
Leaven: An element, influence, or agent that works subtly to lighten, enliven, or modify a whole.
When I consider the words lighten and enliven I think about something that is growing. I once heard that healthy organisms grow. Such is true when the kingdom of heaven comes. When it comes we often experience subtle growth and change.

When we pray "Thy kingdom come ... on earth as it is in heaven" we are asking for spiritual life to invade our world and modify it.. we are asking for an expansion of that spiritual life in our midst.. we are asking God to take a seed of faith and produce spiritual fruit.

Let your kingdom come in me today Lord and bring spiritual growth.

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts. I love the way that you tie it down to us and our response to His words.

    Leaven is such a small part of the recipe, yet without leaven the bread is so different.

    Let your kingdom come in me as well, Lord.

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