Lent 2015 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today in our gathering we talked about the difference between curiosity and commitment. The text was from John 12: 20-33, where there were some Greeks who were curious to meet Jesus, although we never discover whether that curiosity ever grew into commitment or not. The question we had to think about was whether we ourselves are committed or just merely curious.

In thinking about commitment I found the following quotes from Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman:

“The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.”

“Jesus doesn’t hold back with Nicodemus.
Following Jesus would require a commitment that would cost Nicodemus a great deal….In fact, it’s true throughout all of Scripture….Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small-print–that’s a guarantee.”

“It’s much easier to talk about following Jesus when you are making general statements rather than specific commitments.”

I haven’t read the book, but I’m curious to check it out now. If anyone has read it, I’d be keen to hear what you thought of it.


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