This is a brief series looking at every time Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like…”
33 Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Dear God, yes, it seems like Jesus saw your kingdom coming into the world through infestation from the bottom up and not through force from the top down. It’s almost like a computer virus, but in a good way.
So what do we need to be about doing to do our part to become viral? And what do I need to do personally?
- Community: I think that one thing is that we absolutely cannot become viral without Christian community. As I sit here on a Sunday morning typing this to you, I have not been to an in-person church service since March (over four months). Yes, I miss that community. I am also in Rotary and although we have been meeting via Zoom each week, I have missed that as well. I have missed the community of it. It is hard for us to do service projects when we cannot be with each other.
- Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer starts with worship of you, but the first thing it requests of you is that your kingdom will come and your will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. What does your kingdom coming look like? Well, it looks like a mustard seed. It looks like yeast. It doesn’t take a lot to start, but it will grow in ways we could never imagine. You can use one action to set off an unstoppable chain of events. We just need to stop looking for greatness (as we define it), but instead worship you, pray that your kingdom will come and your will will be done, and then ask that you would give us what we need (our daily bread) to accomplish your will.
- Repent, Forgive, and Stay Pure: It takes more than praying a prayer. It takes walking out a life in submission to you. That starts with asking your forgiveness, understanding that our own ability to forgive others is part of the equation. And then we are to ask you to help us stay pure, while maintaining the knowledge that I’ll be back later to ask you for forgiveness again.
I don’t see anything in here about convincing other people I am right about politics, anti-racism, or even how to treat/not treat COVID-19. I just need to faithfully be a piece of yeast each day, being in Christian community, worshipping you, praying that you will bring your kingdom and will into the earth, seeking you to meet my needs, repenting, forgiving, and staying pure as best I can.
Father, help me to figure out this community thing during COVID-19 social distancing. Help me to be very yeasty in my life. Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give me this day the things you need me to have. And please forgive me of my sins and reveal to me anyone to whom I need to extend forgiveness and release. And please keep me from sinning against you and against those around me. For this kingdom, both in heaven and on earth, are yours and not mine–forever and ever.
In Jesus’s name I pray,