In the reading we shared today at morning prayer, we heard how St Paul was commending the faith passed on to his young charge, citing the great influence of Timothy’s mother and grandmother. As well as observing that Lois and Eunice remain relatively well used and common first names, we talked about the influence of praying parents and grandparents past and present. We reflected on our own indebtedness to those who had talked about and shared Jesus with us, together with the responsibility we now felt towards the generations that follow us, both related and unrelated alike. The simple infusion of the occasional words of encouragement, prayers offered and godly advice given can make so much difference in the life of others.
Last Sunday, as we continued to look at parables of the kingdom, Andy helped us think about the image Jesus shared of yeast working through a huge measure of flour. In what is the shortest parable recorded in the gospels, it would appear Jesus was extolling the virtues of a small body infusing and impacting a larger one. Certainly this mirrors his teaching regarding being salt to the world where only a small quantity of salt is required to flavour a much greater amount of food. This to me is a great encouragement, for sometimes as individuals and indeed as a relatively small church we can feel that our potential impact in working for the kingdom is quite limited…'a drop in the ocean’ so to speak. However as Mother Theresa is said to have once observed’
“It may be a drop in the ocean, but the ocean is made up of many drops!”
Certainly with regard too the size of our church, I believe we punch above our weight in relation to our ability to positively contribute to our wider community. And also as individuals too, I’m aware of the tremendous practical and spiritual support that many people well beyond our immediate area, receive from the saints based here at Christ Church.
Of course, for yeast to be fully active, it needs the help of warm water that surround it. May we as a church, and as individual followers of Christ, look to be immersed in the living water that His Spirit longs to soak us with, that we too may impact and bless those around us, and the future generations to come.