Curiosity killed the cat. We’ve all heard someone say that before. The idea is that, though curiosity is usually a positive thing, it can also be dangerous. Typically, someone uses this phrase to tell you to mind your own business, keep your nose out of places it doesn’t belong, etc. But after listening to Pastor Jim’s sermon this past Sunday, I realized that curiosity can be dangerous in another way. What if curiosity kills the cat spiritually? What if being merely curious actually causes spiritual death?
Let’s break this down a bit. I want to start by emphasizing that curiosity really is a good thing for our faith. That’s how we first start following Jesus; we’re curious about him. We start reading our Bibles, asking questions, and needing to know more and more. These questions we’re asking are essential to growing and following Jesus. Doesn’t seem to dangerous, right?
Well, think about this. What if all we ever stay is curious? What if we never move from being just curious about Jesus to actually committing ourselves to following him? Curiosity is a vital to our walk with Christ, but it should lead to commitment. And if it doesn’t, what’s the point?
Following Jesus is more than just being curious about him, it’s believing and obeying him. When life gets difficult and is no longer going the way we had hoped or planned or dreamed, it isn’t our curiosity about Christ that will get us through or even our knowledge about him, it’s our relationship with him. That’s what sustains us, and that’s why it’s so important that we take seriously our commitment to follow him.
So how exactly do we go about doing that? Well, just like you commit to anyone or anything else: make it a priority. Our relationships with Jesus, our commitment to following him, needs to be number one. It can’t be an afterthought; it has to be our focus. We must refuse to let anything else get in our way.
The new year just started and change is in the air, so what are you going to do with Jesus? Are you going to let your relationship with him disappear or thrive? We’re praying that you let 2017 be a year of intentionally pressing into your commitment to follow him, completely surrendering and jumping in one hundred percent on this crazy adventure of becoming like Christ.
You can find Pastor Jim’s sermon from this past Sunday here:
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