Welcome back to our ongoing series, I DARE YOU. This is our look at the unique parables of Jesus Christ from the four Gospels found in the New Testament. Once a week, we will examine one of Christ’s stories and let his challenge to his first-century audience speak to us now and provoke us to live in the Kingdom of God better, more fully, more wholeheartedly. We see these parables as dares to step outside of the norm of the world and enter into what God has for us. We hope that you will be likewise challenged and that you will take the dare to live a more Christlike, Kingdom of God-focused life.
This may not strike you as a parable. It doesn’t have the traditional opening and closing of a parable. There isn’t a “There was once” or “The Kingdom of Heaven is like”. So, there may be some that wouldn’t consider this a parable.
But still, Jesus tells a story (which is what a parable is) that has the power change and reshape our lives. It is a story that you know, a story most Christians are familiar with. Try to hear what Jesus says with fresh ears. Let the familiar surprise you.