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a little Does a lot

Post by Pastor Jonathan Fox

Jesus and the Apostle Paul both used the imagery of yeast in dough in their teaching. Jesus, speaking of the kingdom of heaven said this, “...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.” (Matthew 13:33) And then Paul speaking to the Church in Corinth said, “...Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? (1 Corinthians 5:6) I was reading these scriptures the other day and was really impacted by the thought of this illustration. Yeast is nothing more than a fungus. Once mixed into flour it begins a unique process, it consumes sugar and dispenses carbon dioxide and alcohol which start the process of the bread rising and forming flavor. A loaf of bread is the expanded form of of a small amount of yeast and flour. The illustration that both Jesus and Paul use give us a great way to view our lives, a little does a lot. Over time doing little things can either be a benefit or detriment to our lives. As we look at the parable Jesus told, he was speaking in terms of the benefit of little things. In the illustration Paul uses, he is giving us a warning as to how little things can damage our lives. My simple mind here is wanting to ask, "What small thing am I doing (or not doing) that is benefitting or damaging my life?" With that I am also thinking, "What small thing do I need to start doing that could benefit my life?" These two questions may have been the most profound and simple questions that are shaping the way I think and what I do. To be honest there are so many little things that matter that I have been treating as unimportant. These little things are the things that if done, over time, make a huge difference.


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