Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.

"The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened." (Matthew 11.33)

The influence of leaven, or yeast, can be seen in a rising batch of dough. Its effects are absolutely pervasive; the yeast affects all of the dough it is introduced into. The parable of Jesus really emphasizes this because an exaggerated amount is mentioned: 50 pounds of flour. That's a lot of dough for bread!

The point is that the kingdom of heaven is exerting considerable influence in a hidden way today. The world may not appear to be influenced for the better in greatly noticeable ways, but the kingdom is quietly influencing a growing number of lives in increasing ways. You and I are yielding more and more to its influence. We are influencing lives around us with it. The kingdom is gaining an growing foothold in lives, in advance of its coming in fullness at the return of Christ.

Rejoice today as you yield to the influence of the kingdom and its king.

©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission

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