If you have ever cooked with yeast, you know that a little goes a long way. I remember the first time I baked with yeast and being amazed at how the dough grew to over twice the size I started with. It amazed me that I really didn’t need to do much after the yeast was added; I just had to cover it up and let the dough sit. In other parables, Jesus has used the idea of a small seed growing into a large plant; today He uses the idea that a small amount of yeast is enough to make a large amount of dough rise.
He uses yeast to talk about the kingdom of God. In other places in the Bible, yeast is used in a negative way, but Jesus used it to show how a little thing can make big changes. We can look at this in a couple ways. When we believe in God, our small faith can grow into large changes. We could also look at it from the view that as believers a few of us can make big changes in our community. We can spread the good news of Christ and grow the kingdom of God. When you allow God to change your life, it is infectious! God’s changes in you affect all the people around you; as your faith grows, you soon learn that God wants you to share His love with the people around you.
Are you allowing God’s work in your life to affect the people around you? Are you showing God’s love to your friends and community?