What makes a good parable? Great short parables about life let the reader to insert himself in the scenario and let him take a stance in the end. These have universality, as we have a fairly uniform set of morals regardless of our sect, race and orientation. Parables may be fictional in nature but the lessons it portray apply in real life. The New Testament is filled with these because Jesus Christ used parables to get across his teachings. Here are some parables about life that will leave you inspired.
The Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-8)
Assuming your friend repeatedly knocks on the door of your house at midnight because he has urgent needs. Since you are having your well-deserved rest, you will not nudge at first. However, your friend keeps on knocking to the extent that you do not feel exactly drowsy anymore. Will you go for him?
Probably you would at this point. Moreover, you will do it not because you are friends but for the fact that he just does not stop knocking on the door. The same can be said with God. Prayers are really powerful. Keep on praying to Him if you want something. Remember that He is always listening and He is just testing your determination over your wish.
The Watchful Doorkeeper (Mark 13:32-37)
If you die today, do you think you will go straight to Heaven? This is what my Christian friend asked me before I register myself as a Christian again back in 2007. I remember crying all the way to the university gates as I pondered his question, and things were never the same after that. That is because I was so scared back then. How my teenage self be able to determine my destination after death?
It made more sense after I read this parable. Am I living the Christian way? Can I afford to say that I will sin for today and repent for tomorrow? Probably not, because no one knows when Christ will go back to redeem the believers and leave the condemned behind.
The Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32)
Lastly, this short parable about life reflects more of your reaction after hearing the wisdom of the Bible. You realized you have sinned and you needed to serve the Lord. It will be hard to let go of your past habits, much more of your idle time that you are now going to use for church activities.
Will you be the one who says you do not like to live the Christian way but does it anyway? Or are you someone who said you repented for your sins but did these again the next day? Thankfully, this parable addressed this perennial problem of Christians where they have to go back in their old ways despite knowing Christ. It does not matter what your background was before you surrendered yourself to Him. What is important is whether you will follow His words or turn a deaf ear later.
There are over thirty parables in the New Testament. Of course, what we gave for now are short parables about life. It will not even take a minute or two for you to read these passages. Maybe grab a Bible now and read the words. Happy reading!