When listening, particularly to the gospel, one verse comes to mind. It’s on Romans 10: 17:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We come to faith or salvation because someone told us the gospel. We became children of God and got all its privileges because we listen to the “greatest story ever told”. Look at verse 15:
“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
We need ‘storytellers’ for the good news. We also need those who will hear the gospel. We need the story listeners (which God also provides). Verse 18 ask:
“But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”
Now that’s when you listen and got saved (Romans 10:13). Let’s move on to your Christian life as you digest God’s Word through your ear.
James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Are you a good story listener? Do you effectively listen to messages from your church Sunday School and Worship service? Do you invest your time in listening to appetizers of narratives that grabs your attention or to the ‘main course’ of God’s message that transforms you? Are you taking notes while listening? Have you take time to thank the preacher for the effort they have done in preparing the message to you? Are you taking steps to do the things you have heard?
Are you a good storyteller? Then you should also be a good listener. You might be an effective preacher or teacher of God’s Word, but are you also an excellent hearer? Do you appreciate the message you hear from others? Storytellers will grow spiritually if they put it in action what the Holy Spirit wants them to do in that message. Make that on top of your list as a Christian. Likewise, observing how another storyteller speak can teach strategies in improving your teaching method as you attentively listen.
Forget the clothes, the looks and the gestures. Tune in with the life changing message they deliver to us. Be the best story listener. Then act upon what you have learned.
Whether you’re a storyteller, a story listener or both, you should take heed to what James 1: 22 say. Like a soldier, listen to the marching orders and accomplish it for the Chief.
Remember Luke 11:28 as you seek to be an effective listener: “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”