Baking Bread

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough” (Matthew 13:33)

There’s nothing like homemade bread. I have recipes to make wonderful round loaves that have healthy ingredients and taste great. For a leader’s meeting, I wanted to make the bread for communion. I took the recipe book out, bought all the items needed, followed the instructions, built up my muscles kneading, let it rise, and shaped it into a round loaf. It was fun. The house smelled fantastic with the bread baking. When I checked the bread in the oven, it looked like it could have been on the cover of a magazine.

The next morning was the meeting. When it came time for communion, I was filled with anticipation of my bread being served. When the bread was broken, so was my heart. Inside the bread was goo. It didn’t bake completely inside. So we took pieces from the outside of the bread for communion. It could have been so good, but it wasn’t done.

As we examine our own lives and see how God has worked in them and transformed us, many times we can look really good. But if we dig deep inside, we can see that we aren’t done yet. There is still goo inside. We are all at different levels of the “baking” process for the kingdom. Some are being mixed, while others are being kneaded (usually during our struggles). But there will come a time when we will rise and be baked to perfection.

Prayer: My heavenly Lord, thank you for the great work you do in my life. I look forward to the day when I can rise with you. I pray that your kingdom can be worked through me so that I display only you in my life. Amen.

Faith Tip: Where are you in the baking process? Praise God for the work being done in your life and allow the yeast of the kingdom to be spread throughout you.

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