More Than Just Stories

12 Aug

God’s Word: Mark 4:26-34

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Everyone loves a good story.  story-time-jesusStories feed the imagination, entertain and teach life lessons.  They reach out and grab your attention.  Jesus was never without a story when He taught.  He fit the stories to the experience and maturity of his listeners.  The purpose of His stories was to open the eyes of the heart to understand the heart of God.  They had much more value than just entertainment.  His stories instructed in how to live a successful life here on earth—with purpose—and prepared the hearers for the life to come after death.

What kind of stories are you drawn to?   If you were a writer, what kind of stories would you write?  What is the purpose of the stories you tell?  To entertain, to draw attention to yourself, to your cause or advancement, or to point mankind to Jesus.  I have filled the Bible with stories that can be used to teach about My kingdom.  There are stories that speak to all ages of people.  In the story of Daniel being thrown in the Lion’s Den you learn about courage to stand up for what is right in the face of impossible odds.  In the story of Noah you learn the value of obeying God when the request seemed nearly possible and impractical.

Life is short.  Choose stories to share with others that will encourage and build them up and point them to what is truly valuable in life.  I created the world for mankind—that I might have a relationship with each and every person on earth.  My plans are to give them a hope and a future.  You are my hands and feet, my voice to share My good news with others—using stories that are more than just stories.  Follow Jesus example and tell His stories that don’t just entertain but prepare a person to live a life of victory—on purpose.

God’s Question: Do the stories you read help you be a better person?

God’s Promise: The greatest treasure of stories is found in My Word.

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My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for the stories of Your Bible.

I am Sorry I do not share those stories more often.

Thank You for urging me to share your stories more.

Please help me to use stories for more than entertainment.

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