Monday, February 1st, 2010
"The kingdom of the heavens is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three large measures of flour, until the whole mass was fermented." (Matthew 13:33)
In this illustration, Jesus referred to the normal process of making bread. The housewife deliberately added the leaven, and the results were positive. The leaven was hidden in the mass of flour. Thus, the leavening process was hidden from the view of the housewife. Spiritual growth too is unseen to human eyes, and it is also pervasive. In the illustration, the leaven ferments the whole mass, all “three large measures of flour.” (Luke 13:21) Like leaven, the Kingdom-preaching work that has prompted the spiritual growth has expanded to the point that the Kingdom is now being preached “to the most distant part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8; Matthew 24:14) What a wonderful privilege it is to be part of this amazing expansion of the Kingdom work!
(Watchtower issue: 07/15/08, 4:9, 13, 14)
*I liked the points brought out in this article when we first studied it, because it made me realize more fully that spiritual growth in others doesn't occur on *our* time schedule, or when we want it to, or expect it to happen ... God is the one who makes it grow on His time schedule ... we're just helping out the process.