Curiouser and Curiouser

Oct. 8, 2021

Scripture Readings

When you read these devotions, do you normally read the scriptures first? There's not a right or wrong way to do it; I'm just curious. Today, I encourage you to read the passage from Colossians first.

What were your thoughts as you read the conclusion of Paul's letter? This was my inner dialogue:

Paul: "Devote yourselves to prayer..." (v.2-4)

Me: Prayer is the foundation; it engages us in God's plan and draws us closer to him. Got it.

Paul: "Be wise in the way you act..." (v.5)

Me: Our actions should reflect what we believe and our time on earth is valuable. Totally.

Paul: "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt..." (v.6)

Me: We must preserve the message of Christ and share it with as many people as possible. Like you said Paul, "I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some".

Paul: "Tychicus..." (v.7-18)

Me: Oh, here we go again. Another list of Biblical names that don't really seem relevant to me. I'll just skim it over since I've already got some solid nuggets of wisdom from this passage. Thanks Paul!

Was your pattern of thinking similar to mine? Isn’t it easy to ignore things when we think we've gotten what we need?

I stated earlier that I was curious, but the truth is, I'm not curious enough.

Demas was one of the names that I glossed over; had I been a little more interested in his story, I might've learned that he worked with Paul in his ministry. However, Demas was drawn away by the things of the world; he forsook God and abandoned Paul. Sadly, the Bible makes no mention of Demas being restored in his relationship with God. Look up Onesimus or Epaphras; each person had their own unique story. Some were tragic, some were triumphant, but all were stories that I was completely willing to overlook. What happened to all the wisdom I had supposedly gained?

Fortunately, God doesn't discount anyone's story and he wants us to ask “who are the neighbours we've ignored, the friends we've taken for granted, or the strangers we think we know after a single glance but know nothing about their actual stories?”

Lord, help us to become curiouser and curiouser about you, the world we live in and about every person we have the privilege of encountering.

Matt Chan