I have been thinking a lot lately about the different parables that Jesus told as a means of relaying truth and application in one cohesive relatable story. Jesus would use parables to teach those around Him important lessons in a format that they would understand and relate to. He would take potential life circumstances and coat them in truths that anyone could understand and incorporate into their daily mannerisms. Every parable that Jesus taught can be taken as a lesson for believers to grow and broaden their understanding of what we should be doing daily.
What are some things that we as believers struggle with daily? Finding purpose, staying the course in difficult times, feeling accepted, understanding what to do with the talents we have been given, etc. The list could go on and on. Through the teachings of Jesus we can find answers and solutions to these things that burden us day in and day out. Mark 4:11-12 says “And He said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.”” When Jesus was asked about the parables He told, His responded by telling us that as believers they show us the “secrets of the kingdom of God”! How irresponsible would it be of us to not learn from these secrets to strengthen our relationship with the God that created us?! I hope that you will take time to look into all the parables that Jesus taught, but for now lets just look at a few together.
- Mark 4:21-25 – Parable of a lamp under a basket (You have purpose)
- As believers we are tasked with being a light in very dark world
- God’s purpose for you is to be embrace being a light to the darkness so that others can learn about who He is and have a relationship with Him
- Luke 11:5-13 & Luke 18:1-8 – Parables of persistence (Stay the course)
- There will be countless times in your life that you will NEED help
- It is our job to remain persistent in God and our pursuit of His will
- Stay the course with humility, patience, and a willingness to endure the situations ahead
- Luke 15:11-32 –Parable of the prodigal son (Acceptance)
- It is a fact that we will fall short of the standard required of us to be in the presence of God so Jesus came and died for our shortcomings
- When we fail the price the Jesus paid still holds true and the grace extended to us by God remains the same
- We will always have a God waiting with arms open to accept us and all of our failures that we come with
- Matthew 25:14-30 – Parable of the talents (You have gifts, use them)
- God gives us gifts the same way the servants were given talents
- These gifts are useless if we don’t put them into action
- Regardless of what your gift is, God will provide you with an opportunity to use it but will you be faithful to do so
There is real world application to be learned from every parable that Jesus told. We can grow as individuals when we take time to read them and open our hearts to what lesson God wants to learn. Throughout that growth we will then have stories of personal parables that we can use to help, encourage, and inform others!