There is a family of plants known as saxifrage. The name is of Latin derivation, and means “rock breaker.” These tiny little plants put their roots down into the cracks of a rock and break it into pieces. The fragile, soft rootlets crush the hard rock because there is life in the roots.
The Kingdom of God appears to be as fragile as these plants. But the early Christians put the tiny rootlets of their thoughts and actions down deep into the cracks of the great pagan systems of religion and life in their day. Before men realized what had happened, those great systems had crumbled into ruins.
Daniel had a vision of a kingdom that would grow gradually and progressively, until eventually its influence pervaded the whole earth. He saw a rock that became a mountain filling the earth. This is clearly a process that takes place in history, rather than at the end of time, for Daniel tells us that it starts “in the time of those kings” (that is, during the Roman Empire). Ultimately its influence will permeate society, and the return of Jesus will be the crowning glory and conclusion of the process. (see Daniel 2).
History is preparing the way for the coming of Jesus when the influence of the kingdom will have had far-reaching effects on the world that he came to save. Jesus speaks of that influence as leaven, as salt, and as light.
So in this, the sixth chapter of The Treasure in the Field, we will think about the Influence of the Kingdom. Here’s what we will see:
- The mixing process: adding the yeast of the kingdom and living with mixture
- Leaven on earth: The church conquers Rome from the inside
- Pass the salt: the value of the church as a preservative
- The light shines: a city set on a hill