Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Simply Jesus - Nudge

Matthew 13 & 14

Jesus loved a good story. We have come to know them as parables. He told simple everyday stories very often with a twist that got across His message in a simple, straightforward and memorable way.

His stories included: The crazy shepherd that left his flock of sheep to look for one lost sheep, one about a guy whose massive debt of millions was written off at the same time as he was taking somebody through the courts for a tenner. My favourite is about the lovesick dad who gets to throw a party for a long lost son. The list goes on.

This method of teaching does not appear to be the norm for the day because his followers ask him why he always talks in stories. I love his answer in v 13 in the message translation.

"That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight."

Now I have been "poked" or even "super poked" on facebook but Jesus told stories to nudge people who were far from God closer to Him.

Make that your mission today gently nudge someone closer to God.

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