Yeast Or Baking Soda?

29 Aug

A post from several years ago about always being welcomed in Christ.

33He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” Matthew 13:33

I like to cook, and I like to expand my cooking abilities. Some of my favorites are pasta, chicken, seafood, breakfast items, and desserts. I very much enjoy baking. One of my specialties is a homemade red velvet cake. Something I would like to try soon is making my own bread. There is a fundamental difference between baking most cakes and most breads. Almost every cake recipe I have seen uses baking soda as the rising agent, while breads use yeast.

Baking soda is a very simple rising agent, you put the needed amount in the mixture, cook for a certain amount of time at a certain temperature and the cake rises as it bakes. Yeast is very different. You have to knead the yeast into the dough and then let it set for awhile, then knead it some more, then let it set and so on.. As the dough sits it starts to rise and you put the already risen bread loaf into the oven to bake.

Knowing how yeast differs from baking soda makes this verse very beautiful and awe-inspiring. There are several implications found within the analogy of yeast and God’s Kingdom. Yeast rises on its own; baking soda requires the heat of the oven. The heat serves as a reacting agent to initiate the baking soda rising within the cake batter. Yeast does not need this secondary catalyst for it to work.

The Kingdom of God is like yeast, and for that I am so thankful. God begins to work in our lives and rise throughout the entirety of our beings with no action required from us. He does not need our help in changing us and molding us to be more like Him. Too many of us though treat God more like baking soda. We want to be the heat that allows Him to work. We want to tell Him what needs to be done and when to do it. We want to direct the rising. That is not how God works though; He is going to continue to be like yeast. It is interesting to not that if you try to bake a loaf of bread before the yeast has risen you will wind up with a very hard and unusable blob. Likewise if we continue to get in God’s way we will become hardened and unable to be used by Him.

I want to urge you to let God be the yeast in your life today. Let Him change you on His own.

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life


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