The Story of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven: Matthew 13:31-33
“31) He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32) and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” 33) He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭31‬-‭33‬ ‭
These two parables are similar. The mustard seed illustrates that the gospel planted in a human soul might seen small but it grows to become huge. The potential of salvation and a walk with God can transform a barren field into a flourishing eco system where life can thrive.
So also, three small pecks of leaven can cause a small amount dough to grow and expand so as to feed many. The gospel is not passive or dormant. It is dynamic and full of life, transformational power and hope.
When the world seems dark, painful, lost and hopeless, the kingdom of heaven stands in stark contrast the kingdom of darkness. It may seem like a small thing to cry out to Jesus Christ for salvation, but it will ignite something huge within you. The Holy Spirit will enter your innermost being and spark new life.
As salvation takes root and faith and love begin to grow, old things will pass away and new things will come. Soon the truth of Gods Word will begin to set you free from bondage and despair. An inner well will spring up in your spirit and quench the thirst of your formerly barren soul.
As you change, you will become contagious for the glory of God. Your life will soon produce seed that can spread to others. So is the explosive power of the kingdom of heaven. What starts with one can spread and encompass many.
This is why the evil god of this world works to hinder the gospel. (See Matthew 13:19 & 2 Corinthians 4:3-4) The potential of one seed that takes root can start a mighty awakening. Purpose to be that seed! Become dynamic seed and leaven for the kingdom of heaven! Invite God to work through you to change your world!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global