There are certain ingredients that can completely change the chemistry of a recipe. For example, when making homemade yogurt, I only have to put a small amount of yogurt into a gallon of warm milk and within hours the milk has transformed into an entire batch of yogurt. The live cultures in the yogurt continue to multiply until you stir up the fresh yogurt and put it in the refrigerator. Making bread is the same way, just a small amount of yeast in comparison to the flour used for the bread completely changes the bread. Instead of a flat baked bread you end up with a light and expanded loaf of bread. The reading for the Community Bible Experience, takes us through Matthew 13-18 and idea of little things making a big difference was something that really stuck out at me today.
In today's reading, the disciples witnessed Jesus do many miracles including healing the demon possessed, healing disease, and feeding thousands of people with just a few loaves of bread and fish (twice!). But there are some things He points out that it is the little things that make the big difference. What is the little thing that can make all the difference? Faith. The reading for today opened in Matthew 13 where we are told that Jesus returned to His home town. I want to point out that we left off yesterday when Jesus told the parable of the mustard seed and pointed out that a little faith brings about great change. Matthew tells us that Jesus performed very few miracles while He in His home town there because of their lack of faith. However, after He left the area, He began to do many miracles.
After witnessing all these amazing things, the disciples found themselves concerned about the fact that they forgot to bring bread with them on their journey. Jesus then said something that was an important spiritual warning, "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." This caused a bit of confusion with the disciples; however, they eventually understood that the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees was similar to yeast. It spreads quickly and changes the composition of the dough. But in Matthew 17, Jesus points to them that it is faith as small as a mustard seed that will bring the right kind of change. It is the change that will allow God to work through us and do many things.
So my question for today is what is the little thing making a big difference in your life? Faith or yeast?
This post is linked with Word Filled Wednesday.