Have you ever heard a story that was just so riveting, that you were pulled out of your chair into it? Or maybe it was a movie that you watched that you were so into that it didn’t even feel like it was three hours long. There’s just something about a good story that grabs your attention and keeps it.
There have been studies about how storytelling is actually one of the most effective ways of communication because it engages your brain in a way that simply being bombarded with “hard data” and “statistics” as in a traditional lecture. In a lecture-style type of class, only a small portion of the brain is activated, while in a story many areas of the brain are activated because it is engaged in all of the juicy sensory details that a good story has (Source). The greatest storytellers may not know the technical details about how your brain responds to stories, but they understand what it takes to “get you hooked.”
Speaking of great storytellers… Jesus Christ is the master storyteller. He revealed the truth about God through stories (called parables) and explained how men chose to interact with Him. Here’s one of those stories from Mark 4:3-8
“Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.“Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.“And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. “Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. “Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
Later, in Mark 4:13-25, Jesus gives an explanation of this short story. He ends with the seed (the word of God) that was sown on the good soil and says that this represents the man who hears the word and accepts it. That man submits to the authority of God’s rule and lives faithfully for Him. Friend, are you the good soil? Do you fully submit to the authority of God in every part of your life?
Adam L. Huerta