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Jesus does an amazing job looking into our hearts with simple questions. In the parable of the two sons, he asks us this: are you religious or righteous?
We are in a series of messages on the Power of Story—not just any story, but the story of God’s activity in our lives. We are examining New Testament stories of individuals sharing their story. We want to specifically see what God would teach us from these stories about sharing our own story. So far, we have considered the story of Nicodemus coming to Jesus at night, the example of John the Baptist, and the example of the very first disciples of Jesus. We have discovered that there is a little bit different principle in each of these Biblical stories. Today, we turn our attention to the story of “The Samaritan Woman at the Well.” I’ve been telling you that you need to tell your story and others need to hear your story. In the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well, we see a great example of the power of telling our story. We see through this unnamed woman that through her story, many come to believe that Jesus is the Savior of the whole world. Wouldn’t it be something if your story is used in a similar way? Wouldn’t it be something if your story is the story that strikes the match in someone else’s story?
Do you love God for who He is or for what He does for you? How much is Jesus worth? What do you value more?
Jesus once again shows that not only is He the King, but that He actually does have the authority to bring the Kingdom He's claiming to bring.
See Jesus confound the religious leaders, illustrating the source of his authority and on whose behalf he speaks, with the parable of the wicked tenants.
We don't need religious symbols to be close to God. They are not essential. God's rules weren't designed to get us into heaven. They were given to us to live better in this life. We shouldn't let them distract us from the simplicity of Jesus. When it comes to rules, we need to learn to distinguish between man-made rules and God-made rules. We need to understand the purpose for the rules God gives. We need to embrace the simplicity of Jesus.