“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Christian Leavening

(Please read Matthew 13:33)

February 17

“Leaven” is an old word for yeast. A little leavening placed in a large batch of dough will cause the dough to “rise” and become “light” bread — which would taste very good this morning! Jesus warned his disciples to beware of the leavening of the scribes and Pharisees, and Paul urged the Corinthians to get rid of their leavening of malice and wickedness regarding a wicked man among them, and start over with the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” When Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like leaven, he was speaking of the church. Like leaven, it started small and has worked quietly, exerting a steady influence on the world around it.

This Christian leavening works in our individual lives as well, if we will just let it in. It can even overcome the evil leavening of the world around us. May God help us to make ourselves effective as his agents of influence for good.

How about pausing here and singing “O the Things We May Do”? Indeed, as the song declares, “Just a word or a song as we’re passing along, they will count in the great by and by.”

Please pray now for the Lord’s guidance and strength to make you real leaven in his kingdom.

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