Mustard Seed and Leaven

Lou Lotz

Read: Matthew 13:31-33

The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened. (v. 33)

An elderly woman in my congregation told me about how, when she was a child in German-occupied Holland during World War II, she learned that the Allies had successfully landed in France. She said, “We were overjoyed! We knew then that the war was over.” The Nazis did not give up without a fight, and the Dutch people suffered greatly between D-day, when the Allies landed, and V-day, when the war ended. But on D-day, she said, “We knew that the outcome was no longer in doubt.”

We live out our lives, you and me, between D-day and V-day. God’s kingdom has come. The kingdom is like a seed in the ground, like yeast in the dough. You can’t see it, but it’s there, alive and active. And it will come to fruition. The forces of darkness will not give up without a fight. But the dough will rise. The seed will sprout. The outcome is no longer in doubt.

There is nothing in today’s news headlines to suggest that God’s kingdom has come. The forces of darkness seem everywhere to have the upper hand. But don’t let sin or sickness or sorrow make you doubt the ultimate triumph of God. The dough will rise. The seed will sprout. The plans and purposes of God cannot be thwarted. “Fear not, little flock,” said Jesus, “for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). —Lou Lotz

Prayer: Thy kingdom come!