Jesus asked, “What is God’s kingdom like? To what can I compare it? It’s like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in a garden. It grew and developed into a tree and the birds in the sky nested in its branches.” Again he said, “To what can I compare God’s kingdom? It’s like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through the whole.” Luke 13:18-21
It’s interesting to me this passage. I am reminded of a word that referenced in some translations of this passage. Specifically the last part. The Kingdom of God is like yeast, it permeates through the whole bushel of wheat flour.
I like that verb.
Permeate. It just rolls off the tongue. Let’s take a look at what that verb means.
I cannot help but smell really good coffee when I read this definition because that it the memory that comes to my mind, but I especially love “the aroma of soup permeated the air.” What a great imagery for the Kingdom of God! An aroma can change anything it seems. Either good or bad, but when the aroma of good coffee or soup begins my day I am ready.
That’s the way that God’s love works as well, but what’s different about that love is that it permeates every part of our lives. Nothing stop the pervading love that God gives us on the cross.
It fills us, guides, protects, and directs us.
One of my favorite quotes that I have heard in my life is one by a dear friend and colleague in ministry, Charles Harrison. It goes something like this:
“God loves us and there is nothing that we can do about it.”
God’s love for us is as present as our very breath and that is something that affects everything we do, it permeates into every part of our lives, and it expands us into new understandings of what God is calling us to do. So, where is God expanding you? What is the yeast of God’s love permeating in your life?