Yeast Sandwich

No one ever has a yeast sandwich.

In fact, I have never been invited over to someone's house with the words. "Come on over we're having yeast tonight." The thing about yeast is that its influence is invisible initially. It exerts influence by giving rise to things.

We see (and smell...mmmmm) the loaf of bread, and forget that is started out as a lump with yeast kneaded into it. It is the mixing with the medium that makes it happen. Kingdom influence is usually if not exclusively understated and not initially noticed.

Jesus put it this way. "The Kingdom is within you." You and I are destined to be influential. I can't say that others will know that we are being influential. I can only say for sure that kingdom influence will take place wherever we go. The Lord has designed it to be so.

I suppose the question to ask is, "What is the medium with which we are to mix?" If Jesus means to heal people, I guess that means that we should be around sick people and mix with those who need to be healed. The same goes for those in need of deliverance. "It is not the healthy that need a doctor," said Jesus.

It is too easy to become complacent as believers. It is not hard for me to spend time with you. I like you. We're all believers so I don't have to explain myself. It's comfortable. Hanging around Meth addicts may not be as easy, but my hunch is that the Lord means for us to mix with them.

Fraternities and sororities can be picky. In fact some of the initial parties where pledges are screened used to be called "mixers." Would we invite prostitutes to our mixers? Jesus was vilified by His enemies because he hung around tax collectors and sinners. Is there a message for us here?<

This is what I know:

  1. Jesus was a friend of sinners.

  2. It is not up to us to forcefully mix ourselves into a given group.

  3. The Lord is able to get us into the medium He intends to influence through our lives.

Want to get a "rise" out of someone? I do.

Pastor Jim
March 11, 2007

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