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Topic: Green (10/22/09)
TITLE: Heed the Message of the Parable!
By Mona Purvis
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“Grandmo, why did Jesus teach using parables?” Kolby burst through my front door asking the question as he threw his bookbag down and headed to the refrigerator.
“My teacher says no one uses parables today, so why did Jesus do it?” He plopped down in the big, blue recliner and flipped it open without spilling a drop from the can of soda. It didn't keep me from grimacing, though.
I cut off my computer and moved closer to where I could have a conversation with my most inquisitive grandson.
“Oh, I think your teacher is up-to-date on the newest technologies of communication, but she may be wrong where parables are concerned. Jesus used them to explain very important life lessons because they are effective, easy to understand.”
“Have you ever used one?”
“I'm going to use one right now as I think about something that has been on my heart for some time. Listen and see if you think this parable gets the message across.”
I quickly bathed these thoughts in prayer...
Once in the lands of plenty there was a website known as FaithWriters. People came to it from all corners of the globe at all hours to meet with other like-minded Christians.
This wonderful website extended fellowship freely to rich and poor alike without regard to gender, race, or nationality. With a click or two each member could meet with others to pray over urgent needs. They shared deeply from their hearts, often as tears blinded their eyes.
Joy was also spread as members spoke of the beauty of a new grandchild or how God had blessed them with a new job or how they had been healed of illness.
Others flocked to this website to participate in writing contests, to get the latest information about the publishing industry, and to hear of freelance opportunities.
All agreed there was no other like it in all the World Wide Web.
Word kept coming to the members that there were financial difficulties. There was a lack of green. Not enough green money for growth or new life. But the members expected to continue to lie down in the green pastures at Faithwriters. Pleas for members to support this treasure went unheeded. It was said that staff members were working long hours with little if any pay. All the while, multitudes of eager writers utilized the asset...until one day.
One day without warning it died like green grass with no rain. Great was the fall.
In its place there arose another. Children of darkness flocked to it. Without request, money poured into the coffers. The large staff ate and drank lavishly while God was mocked upon its pages.
“Kolby, do you understand the lesson of this parable?”
Without a moment's hesitation, he replied. “Sure. Who wouldn't? FaithWriters is a wonderful place and it needs money.”
“Yes. That's the short of it. But, there's also the lesson of consequences. Parables like those Jesus shared were always a call to action. Just knowing something gets you nowhere.”
“Grandmo, I like parables. They make it so anyone can understand. That's just like Jesus to make sure the message gets to everyone.”
Has the message gotten to you?
When Jesus was being led to Calvary under the weight of a heavy cross and bearing all our sins, He said in Luke 23:31 KJV, For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
As long as the tree is green, there is life with promise of tomorrow. Faithwriters' tree is becoming dry. Rain from Heaven upon us, O Lord.
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