Jesus wants me to hear his message of good news (aka the gospel). Jesus does everything he can to create readiness in my heart. I must have a ready heart. I must want to hear. I must be receptive.
Jesus gives me insight in God’s country (aka God’s kingdom). Jesus is in charge and there are no elections. I am a citizen. I know how things work in God’s country. God is God.
God’s goal for me is to spread the good news. God is in a good mood. God is ready to welcome into His country. Not everyone has the insight I have been given. I need to spread the word.
The disciples came up to Jesus and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”
Jesus 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. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it.
Source: Matthew 13:10-15