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Matthew 13:33 ““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.”
This short parable is yet another powerful illustration of the impact the Kingdom of God has on the world. “Three measures of flour” would be approximately 50 pounds of flour. As such, the little bit of yeast used would ensure that enough bread is being made for 100-150 people.
The meaning of the parable would’ve been easily understood by the crowd. The Kingdom of God may appear small or barely visible, but it’s having a major impact on the world. In the same way a mustard seed is small but grows into a large garden plant to provide shade and protection, a small amount of yeast permeates a large batch of dough.
God is always at work in the world around us. There may be times when we question why certain things happen (e.g., why is there evil in the world, why did this happen to me, why…?) but the power of God is ever-present and is having an impact!
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 13:31-33 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: Within the previous 48 hours, what are some small simple ways you’ve seen God work in your life and/or the lives of others?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: As you continue to slow down to be with Jesus a few times daily, pay attention to how this practice decreases your judgmental thoughts towards others.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today’s reading is a great reminder that You are always present and are always having an impact in the world and within Your people. Today, help me to slow down and to give up my desire for control so that I can continue to see the countless ways in which You are already at work around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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