The Power Of A Story
Posted: Tuesday, February 20
Verse of the Day:
In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them. (Mark 4:34)
Let’s play a quick game. Take a guess at how much Americans spent on going to the movie theater last year. Ready for the answer?
Over 11 billion dollars. $11,100,000,000. That’s a lot of money spent on movies in theater, not counting all of the money spent on Blu-Rays, Netflix, cable, etc.
Guess how much we spent on books in 2017? This one is mind blowing. Over 113 billion dollars. $113,000,000,000. On books.
I think it’s safe to say that we love stories. This last year alone we’ve spent billions of dollars and trillions of hours consuming stories. I was a major contributor to those stats - especially when those stories were Star Wars related!
Stories are part of what makes us human. They help us connect with others, escape our realities, and understand concepts greater. You ever cry during a movie? You ever put a good book down and think about it’s meaning for days? That’s why we love stories - because they adhere to something inside of us. We were created to consume stories.
Jesus was fully aware of this when He was doing His public ministry. He knew that stories would help us register His truths greater than any other form of communication. To teach someone about faith, He could (and did) say “Have a little bit of faith and you can do great things.” But to really get the point across, Jesus shared that even a hint of faith the size of an incredible tiny mustard seed could sprout into an enormous tree with leaves, branches, and enough room for birds to make it their home. That resonates so much more than basic instruction.
Jesus knew that stories would click with us because He created us that way. We can also use that to our advantage when sharing the Gospel or offering encouragement to someone else. Following Jesus’ example of becoming a master storyteller will only increase our effectiveness. If you would like to have lasting influence and resonate with people, study the way Jesus used stories and emulate Him. No one did it better than Jesus!