(Jesus) said, therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to? It’s like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches.”
Again He said, “What can I compare the kingdom of God to? It’s like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through the entire mixture.”
When we look at these two parables of Jesus we tend to focus on the mustard seed and the yeast. However, as with all of Jesus’ sayings and actions, there are many layers to these stories. In The Haunt of Grace: Responses to the Mystery of God’s Presence author Ted Loder calls our attention to the man and the woman in each of these tales.
On the surface these two seem like bit players. Marginal characters simply there to help the story flow. Yet, without their small roles the seed and the yeast would still be sitting on the shelf. Their seemingly small acts had great consequences. Loder writes, “Part of the mystery is that the seed and the yeast carry their own future with them, even though that future is not apparent at the moment. But the rest of the mystery is that that future depends on the small acts of the man and the woman. That is the way of God’s kingdom.
Paul tells us in Colossians that the mystery of God’s message which was hidden for ages and generations has now been revealed to his saints and that we, his saints, have been given the ministry of making God’s mystery known.
Loder continues, “Think of it this way. Both the man and the woman in the parables “took” something given and did something with it: the man with the seed, the woman with the yeast. God gave it and God was in it. They simply took what was given, lived it, and something like miracles happened.”
We have been given the mystery of the Gospel. We have each been given gifts and talents which God could use to spread his message like yeast in flour. Teaching, sharing, eye care, clean water, praying, discipling, loving, encouraging, medical, building, and the list goes on indefinitely. When we make our gifts and talents available to God and available to those in need something like miracles happen.
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