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Curious About Jesus — But Not Committed
3/16/2016

Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matt. 22:37 (NKJV)

Have you ever gone out to your local farmer’s market to check out what all the merchants had to offer, but you never really purchased anything?  Chances are you may have even found yourself curious about some of the produce, but you never really made the commitment to buy.  The term is called “window shopping” and it is something that has been around for thousands of years.  Now there’s nothing wrong with browsing the local merchants and choosing to go home empty handed.  But can you imagine someone actually window shopping when it came to God?

As crazy as it sounds, this is exactly what happened when Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on the donkey.  There were many people who witnessed the fulfillment of this prophecy by Zechariah (Zech. 9:9), and they found themselves curious about Jesus.  As the excitement of the moment began to peak, the people began to lay down their clothing or palm branches upon the road where Jesus was traveling, and the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’  Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:8-9)

Their curiosity led them to initially embrace Jesus as if they were going to receive Him as their King (Matthew 21:9), but their curiosity soon faded as anger began to grow towards Jesus, and those who followed Him increasingly faced persecution.  Not only did most of these people choose to walk away from Him, we can also see they eventually cried out for Him to be crucified (cf. Matthew 27:20-23).  They were curious about Jesus, but never committed to Him. 

We can see this same, “curiosity without commitment” in our world today, as many people will receive the good news about Jesus with great joy, and profess to believe in Him. Unfortunately, many of these same people will never foster the values of prayerfully reading their Bibles or getting together with other believers to stir up good works (Hebrews 10:24-25) — when tough times come upon them they will stumble (cf. Matthew 13:3,5, 20-21).  Knowing this to be true, I am encouraged to faithfully continue to read my Bible every day so I can be firmly rooted in God’s word.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Jesus, what can we learn about true commitment to the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you fully committed to Jesus — willing to live for Him, and to share with others what He has done in your life?  

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be willing to invest into the lives of those who are new in the faith, so they will be rooted in the word, and strengthened in their walk with our Lord.  Inviting others to small Bible studies is a great way to do exactly this.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Heavenly Father, I thank you for drawing me unto You, and for opening my eyes so I can see Your truth.  Help me to see everything You want me to see so I can continue to discern the truth of Your word. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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