The disciples came to him and asked,
“Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
– Matthew 13:10 (NIV)
Jesus was the master teacher, yet we never hear him asking followers to memorize or recite the principles he taught. He realized that discipleship was not about lists, but about living – living together while seeking God with all one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Many of Jesus’ most famous teachings were not presented as a list to remember, but in the context of a story. Stories resonate not with the mind but in the heart. In Jesus’ time there were no movies or tv, so he shared his stories with the spoken word – parables now recorded in every copy of the New Testament.
Stories have no less power today. An evening of “entertainment” can convict in a moment or plant a seed that lies dormant until God is ready for it to sprout. Not every seed will become the 4th seed that produces many times what was sown, but the more we sow, the more we are likely to plant the seed that might change the world!
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