But as I watched that story unfold last week I couldn’t help but think how easy it is for us in the Christian life to give the impression that we are doing what we are doing from the heart, when really we’re just spiritually lip-syncing. The song of our life that we “sing” before others (our witness and our worship) isn’t live; it isn’t real … we’re just pretending it is. And in times like that the Lord comes to challenge His people to live authentic lives before Him and before others.
Now what I have just done is to use a teaching tool that Jesus often used. Isn’t it great how stories like that can make truth come alive for us? Well along with being the Savior of the world, Jesus was a powerful teacher. And in that He often told great stories called “parables.” This morning I’m beginning an eight-week series on “The Life Stories of Jesus.” And to get started let’s turn to Luke 5:36. There are scores of life stories that Jesus told recorded for us in the Gospels. Some are lengthy; some are as short as a sentence. I’ve chosen eight parables from the Gospel of Luke. While the other Gospel writers were Jewish, Luke was a Gentile. He was a physician and his Gospel reflects a very orderly and systematic collection of details related to the life and teachings of Jesus. To get started just look at Luke 5:36.