Friday, August 23, 2013

The Positive Influence of the Kingdom comes from Within

Scripture: Matthew 13:33

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." 

Insights:  Today we conclude with the second lesson from the parable of the leaven.  The lesson is the positive influence of the kingdom comes from within.  Remember when I shared with you the word fomenting which means to stimulate, to provoke, to agitate and to generate growth.  Jesus injects us into the world, the massive dough, and we begin foment by bubbling and boiling.  The reason we bubble and boil is because Christianity troubles the world. It influences it for good but it's sometimes painful for the world to endure it.  Think about the city of Thessalonica when they said, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.”  Or in Philippi they said, "These men are Jews and they are disturbing our city."  The gospel is good, but it has been disturbing, agitating, and provoking people for two thousand years.  Remember from the parable of the wheat and the weeds that Jesus has left us here to influence this lost world.  We begin from very small starts (like leaven) and grow into a world changing force for the Lord God.  Do you realize that when the church met in Jerusalem, it took them seven years before they established the first mission church in Antioch?  Now 1600 new churches start a week around the world (and that is an old statistic as well as the next two).  95% of the population of the world has all or part of the Bible in their own language.  90% of all the tribes on the face of the earth have had the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.  So, in spite of the weeds, in spite of the birds that snatch the seed, in spite of scorching sun of persecution, there's some good soil.  In spite of the presence of the weeds which have been over sown, the wheat is growing.  In spite of all this evil opposition, the mustard seed grows and the leaven influences.  These entire thoughts sum up really what our Lord said in Matthew 16:18 when He said, "I will build My church and the gates of hell will not hold it in."  Christ is building His kingdom.  Christianity will win, Jesus will reign, evil will be destroyed, evil men will be sent to eternal hell and the kingdom will come in its eternal fullness.  Beloved, let what is within you shine before the world. 

  1. Are you allowing the power of the gospel to foment within you?
  2. From this transformation are you actively sharing your faith with others?
Prayer: Father, all that matters at the end of the day is You and Your glory.  Let me have boldness in my faith as I share what is inside of me to the rest of the world.  Amen.

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