Are you a curious disciple?
Imagine hearing the good news of Jesus for the first time. You’ve heard about Jesus, born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph. But you’re also hearing people talk about Jesus as the Son of God. Those two “identities” don’t seem to make logical sense. You find yourself thinking, “Wait. What? How can this be? (Yes, Jesus’ mom, Mary, asked the same thing. Have a look at Luke 1:34.)
Imagine trying to wrap your head around the reality of Jesus’ humanity and divinity for the first time. Perhaps you remember your own journey trying to grapple with this reality. You had to get curious.
Here’s the thing: faith necessitates curiosity.
Someone shares something with you about Jesus. From the morsel of information they shared, you get curious. Perhaps a conversation unfolds something like this:
Wait, people were jailed for sharing their faith? Yes.
And crowds followed Jesus wherever he went? Yes.
And people wanted to kill him? Yes, and they did.
But…how does a dead guy become the Savior?
So they resuscitated Jesus? Well, not exactly. Resurrection is new life.
However that conversation may unfold, you’ve learned something that may not quite add up when you think logically. But the presence, the power, and the purpose of Jesus are pointing to something beyond logic. There is only one thing you CAN do. Get curious.
Grounded confidence takes learning the skills of rumbling with vulnerability, getting curious and practice. Today, practice curiosity.
What is one thing you’d love to talk to Jesus about? Go ahead…have that conversation. Talk to Jesus in prayer.
Today, get curious. Ask questions of the people you interact with today. Remember, practicing curiosity is not an interrogation. Speak with grace as you get curious.
Jesus, thank you for receiving my questions with grace. Thank you for reminding me that your power is not diminished by my curiosity. I offer myself to you today as one who is amazed, humbled, and grateful for your abiding presence in the midst of my never-ending questions. Amen.
What did you do today to practice curiosity with others? With Jesus? What will you do differently tomorrow?
If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of It Takes Courage” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.