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“Don’t be afraid to take advice. There’s always something new to learn.”
~ Babe Ruth
We are asking Jesus to answer an important question: “How do we, as Eagle Leaders, separate the sincere from the insincere?” Last time Jesus demonstrated that we must call people to pay attention to what we are saying … even when we are being purposefully oblique.
We now watch how the curious rise to the top of the crowd. It is at this point that Jesus is able to show us the ‘why’ of His strategy …
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’
“But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Matthew 13:10-17 (NKJV)
We become like Jesus when …
o We teach the curious whom we have drawn away from the crowds all around us!
Jesus tells us that His methodology is meant to reward the Eagle Leader’s curiosity. In fact He shows us that, for those who are content with the indirect, there is nothing more – and perhaps even less – in life.
Jesus then shows that His methodology is purposeful – to sift the leaders from the lazy! Wow! This is clearly a plan you and I can use. He wraps us this lesson by showing us the rewards of curiosity to the Eagle lLeader. The point: Eagles Leaders need to ‘go and do likewise.’ I am ‘all-in’ … how about you?
© 2009 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith