The Purpose Of Telling Stories

10 The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”

11-12 He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears.

13 That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. 

– Matthew 13:10-13

The Message Version (MSG) 


10 門徒進前來問說:「你為什麼說故事呢?」

11-12 祂回答說:「神賜給你們洞察力,使你們明白祂國度的事。你們知道它如何運作。但不是每個人都有這種恩賜,這種洞察力,他們尚未有此領受。何時有人預備好自己的心,這些洞察力和理解力就會自由流露出來,但若是沒有預備好,任何的提示會迅速消失無蹤。」

13 「這是為什麼我要說故事的原因——為要使人預備好,向著領受洞察力邁進一步。」

– 馬太福音13章10-13節

摘自 顧瓊華《天天活出神的話》*主題經張天慧醫師修輯整理