It's Story Time


Matthew 13:34-35 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.  So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."

Old Yiddish Tale


Once upon a time, TRUTHwent about the streets as naked as the day he was born. As a result, no one would let him into their homes. Whenever people caught sight of him, they turned away and fled. One day, TRUTHwas sadly wandering about, when he came upon PARABLE. Now, PARABLEwas dressed in splendid clothes of beautiful colors. And PARABLE, seeing TRUTH, said, "Tell me, neighbor, what makes you look so sad?" TRUTH replied bitterly, "Ah, brother, things are bad -- very bad. I'm old -- very old, and no one wants to acknowledge me. No one wants anything to do with me."


Hearing that, PARABLEsaid, "People don't run away from you because you're old. I too am old -- very old; but the older I get, the better people like me. I'll tell you a secret; everyone likes things disguised and prettied up a bit. Let me lend you some splendid clothes like mine, and you'll see that the very people who pushed you aside will invite you into their homes and be glad of your company." TRUTH took PARABLE'S advice and put on the borrowed clothes. And from that time on, TRUTH and PARABLE have gone hand in hand together and everyone loves them. They make a happy pair.


Jesus told many truths with parables. We can see that as we read through the gospels. Jesus rarely began with scripture when he was among commoners. It was only in the synagogue, among the scholars that he did so. Most of the time, Jesus told stories about everyday things in order to bring His strong message in a way that would keep his listeners attention!


Perhaps you've been sharing Scripture with someone and the message is just not getting across the way you'd hoped. Each person is different. There is no exact universal recipe for how to share our faith. We must sense where a person is, ask the Lord to show us where to start, try different approaches! Maybe try something different today. Tell a story, maybe even your story!


by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions




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