He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” Matthew 13:33 ESV
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 ESV
Have you ever watched a movie all the way to the end, through all the credits? If you do, you will see a lot of different job titles, like key grip and dolly grip and gaffer and best boy. The people who do these jobs are probably people you have never heard of, and you probably don’t know what these jobs are, either! A gaffer is the head of the electrical department for a film production, and a dolly grip moves camera cranes and the wheeled platforms, called dollies, that carry cameras and the people that are working the cameras. A key grip supervises all the other grips, who move and set up cameras and equipment. A best boy is the second in command to the gaffer or key grip. All of these jobs are very important, and a movie couldn’t get made without them. But they are quiet and hidden jobs. People who go to the movies don’t see the work that they do or realize how much effort they put into the process of making a film.
Jesus gave us a picture of his kingdom that’s a little bit like that. He said that the kingdom of heaven is like a leaven, such as yeast, that a woman puts into bread dough. The yeast works in the dough in a quiet and hidden way, and soon the bread starts to rise. What started out as a little bit of dough soon fills the bread pan to overflowing because the yeast worked all through the dough. God’s kingdom is like that. God’s word works quietly in the hearts and lives of people in ways that we can’t always see or understand, but the Holy Spirit brings changes to people everywhere he is at work. Someday we will see and understand all the ways God has been at work in our world, but for now his ways are often hidden from us.
God hid himself in the human person, Jesus, who died a shameful death on the cross for all people. When people see Jesus on the cross, they might not understand that God was at work in what Jesus was doing. But because of what Jesus did for us, our sins are forgiven, and we have been brought into the kingdom of heaven. God is at work in our hearts and lives, and even if we can’t always understand his purposes in the things that happen, we can be sure that our life is hidden with Jesus in heaven, and that someday when Jesus comes again everything will be made clear to us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to give us life, and for hiding our lives safely with Jesus in heaven. In His Name, Amen.