My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, January 13, 2012
And again He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
(Luke 13:20 NASB)
“It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
(Luke 13:21 NASB)
Over and over again in the New Testament we hear about the kingdom
of God. This is the new era that Jesus Christ is ushering in, God's
kingdom here on this earth. Israel has been unfaithful and is being
replaced by the new kingdom which Jesus has brought with him. This
kingdom is not like earthly kingdoms but rather is like yeast. It is
sprinkled here and there and then begins to do its work. It works from
the inside on the things of this earth and transforms them. The yeast
is not visible in the bread, and yet it affects the entire quality and
nature of the bread and it raises up. So too, the kingdom of God is
transformational as it works on the very substances which exist here on
Many years ago there was a recipe placed in the old "Herald of
Holiness" for someone's special Sunday dinner rolls. I'm amazed at how
many women copied down that recipe and began making those rolls. I've
heard them lovingly referred to as "Nazarene buns," or "Herald rolls"
or "Herald of Holiness rolls." These rolls are loved because they are
so light and fluffy. The secret is in the yeast and allowing the rolls
to raise all night long. One small packet of yeast infuses the dough
and the result is 24 beautiful, light and fluffy dinner rolls.
During the years we lived in Russia I would stockpile yeast so that I
could make bread on almost a daily basis. However, it was at
Thanksgiving and Christmas that I wanted to be able to make my best
bread -- and the "Nazarene Buns." However, because I was stockpiling my
yeast, sometimes it would go out of date. When the yeast is old and
dried up, it doesn't do its job. The rolls came out small and puny and a
I believe that too often we become discouraged, thinking that we have
very little influence here on this earth. But Jesus compared the
kingdom of God to the yeast or leaven. One tiny packet of yeast creates a
delicious batch of bread. Shouldn't that be an encouragement to us?
We are members of the kingdom of God, right here on this earth. We are
supposed to be the yeast and when we are sprinkled here and there, we
infuse everything that we touch and the very nature and character of
what is earthly is transformed. However, we must not allow ourselves to
become old, outdated and dead!
Instead, we must be fresh and alive to
be workers in his kingdom. We must seek him and his face on a daily
basis and only in this way do we become fresh. However, there is
something pleasant to be found here. You see, the yeast does its job
not on its own power or strength, but simply because it is yeast! We
can do the work in the kingdom of God when we are simply yeast. Our job
is not to make the bread -- but rather -- become the yeast. If we are
the yeast, the healthy bread will simply be a result. Seek first Jesus!
Allow him to transform you -- and then simply live the transformed
life. Go and be yeast!
Lord, may I seek you today with all that I have and may you continually transform me and sprinkle me around this world. Amen.