Only A Pinch
Now he began teaching them again about the Kingdom of God: "What is the Kingdom like?" he asked. "How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; soon it grows into a tall bush and the birds live among its branches.
It is like yeast kneaded into dough, which works unseen until it has risen high and light." Luke 13: 18-21 (TLB)
Beverly Marshall-Goodell is from Georgia. The last time her two grandsons and Beverly made pizzas, she tried a new recipe for the dough. Beverly watched as a tiny packet of yeast, activated by a little warm water and a bit of sugar, helped to create a bowl of rapidly expanding dough.
The power of that yeast is like that of the tiny clove of garlic Beverly added to her pizza sauce. It was a small amount in proportion to the large can of tomato sauce; but as the pizza warmed in the oven, the flavorful aroma of that tiny clove of garlic began to fill the room.
Scripture tells us that the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed - or a small pinch of yeast or a clove of garlic. The impact our faith has on others may start out small, but it can grow into something significant. Just as a seed or yeast dough or the aroma of garlic grow to their full potential under the right conditions, the kingdom of God grows by every tiny contribution of faith and trust.
When we worry that others have more to offer God or that we have nothing of significance to offer, we can remember the tiny pinch of yeast or a mustard seed. God can create the right conditions for our faith to have a positive influence on those around us.
Prayer: Compassionate God, help us remember that even our small acts of faith and service to you will grow under the right conditions, in Jesus' name, amen.