What is it about stories that draws us in? We sit around tables for hours, laughing, crying, and growing when we share stories. It helps us find common ground, a deeper connection, a sense of hope, and a chance for healing when we share our stories with each other.
During Jesus’ ministry He could have looked at His followers and said, “Follow me or else.” But that would not have drawn people to Him.
Jesus was a storyteller. He shared images of Heaven, Hell, and the relationship we can have with our Heavenly Father through parables. He would start out with a statement, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…” or “The Kingdom of God is like…” and then describe what the future or the present experiences on Earth would be for believers and unbelievers.
Jesus would use these parables to compare Earth to Heaven in simple terms that would be clear to those who had ears to hear, and unclear to those who did not.
These are stories we know, stories we tell, stories we love. Why? Because they reach into our hearts, let us know that God cares, that we matter, and that we are loved by God.
Psalm 107 says it so well, why we continue to share the story of a God who loves us so much, who has redeemed us, restored us, and reminded us each day how much we matter to Him.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.