In Matthew 13:33 Jesus shared his shortest parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about 60 pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 

The yeast hidden and worked into the flour influences the dough. Yeast is a powerful agent that works silently to transform the character of the dough. It causes the dough to rise, it works speedily, and it makes the quality of dough better. The woman mixing the flour reminds us that God uses unknown people to influence and shape our lives. This also gives us an illustration to how the Holy Spirit works within us to influence our lives to become more like Christ.

Jesus is like the yeast that was concealed inside his mother. Then he started to grow, he was born, and through His life, His influence is still transforming lives. When we choose to make Jesus apart of everything we do and hide him within our hearts he will transform our lives so we can be useful in the world we live in.

We no longer need to despise small things because this parable encourages us that God uses small things to influence our lives so we can make a big impact within our community. Like yeast, Jesus calls us and places us in areas that need change. With His help we bring influence and transformation to the environments we’re in. 

Steve Ekholm is the lead pastor at Living Hope Church in Mora. For questions or comments about this column, contact


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