Summary: God graciously invites all to come to Him, but many are self-satisfied and preoccupied with their own lives and miss out on the invitation from the Father. The things we are concerned with may be legitimate but should not dominate our lives. Only those who are aware of their inadequacy; the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame, will accept the invitation.
Summary: If you truly want to live a spiritually productive life you must plow the soil and prepare your heart to receive God’s word, put down roots and persevere through the trials of life, and pull the weeds of worldly riches and pursue spiritual riches instead.
Summary: The man and the merchant risked everything for the treasure and the pearl. They wanted more than anything to learn God’s ways and become disciples who served in His kingdom. The kingdom is expensive. It costs everything the disciple possesses. There is major risk and self-sacrifice involved. But the joy of discipleship overpowers every worldly hindrance. God’s rule is worth the cost.
Summary: The Parable of the Two Debtors is a love story that focuses on Jesus’ feet being anointed with tears and perfume by a sinful woman. It’s a love story, built on a love that’s very deep and worshipful. While dining with a Pharisee, Jesus presented to him his parable about two debtors whose obligation had been forgiven by their moneylender. As a result, Jesus asked the Pharisee which debtor loved his forgiving moneylender more.
Summary: The story of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Parable of the Lost Son, follows immediately after the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. With these three parables, Jesus demonstrated what it means to be lost, how heaven celebrates with joy when the lost are found. In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, we see how the loving Father longs to save people, both those who sin with their actions and those who sin with their attitude.
Summary: Jesus is teaching His disciples, that forgiveness should be in like proportion to the amount forgiven. The first servant had been forgiven all, and he then should have forgiven all. In like manner, a child of God by faith through Christ has had all sins forgiven. Therefore, when someone offends or sins against us, we should be willing to forgive him or her from a heart of gratitude for the grace to which we ourselves are debtors.
Summary: Biblical love transcends boundaries of geography, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status and even personal convenience. And when we love our neighbor, we show that we love God. Our neighbors are those who have legitimate needs for which God has given us the resources to help meet those needs. So being a good Samaritan means moving toward them and not away from them.
Summary: We have to understand that the character of God is good. He is gracious and will reward us according to our faithfulness. So whatever personality, abilities, and talents God has given you, use it for His glory and His honor. Serve God in humility and serve with an attitude of thankfulness.
Summary: God’s unmerited or undeserved favor, can be seen in Jesus’ parable of the Workers in the Vineyard and the Fair Employer. We are challenged to follow His example. God is fair and just, and this story tells us about God and His unlimited grace for each person.
Summary: Faithful, never-ceasing, persistent prayer is the permanent calling of every true disciple of Christ who is dedicated to living for the Kingdom of God. Like the persistent widow, we are needy, dependent people who trust in our gracious, loving, and merciful God alone to supply what we need.