In the beginning… (part 2): Curiosity killed humanity!

#2.2 of Living with Christ as our Source

*** This article is part of a blog series about what it means to live with Christ as our source. You can check out the Introduction to the series by clicking here. ***

Last week, we saw that in the beginning, Adam and his Wife only knew to live from what God taught and instructed. They were like children depending wholeheartedly on their Father. They did not claim to know “right” from “wrong”, but only knew what God had “said” versus what God had “not said.” In this we see a glimpse of what it means to live from Christ as our Source. It is a shift from trying to live from a place of human understanding to a place where we live by the Word of God. Something that both Adam and his wife were doing quite successfully, until the Woman got into a conversation with the serpent.

As naive as children are, so also was the Woman. Her first mistake was to converse with the serpent. We see this many times in stories of children being upducted. The predators begin “talking” to them and in so doing, lure them away with all kinds of lies. Hence the very famous instruction to all children: “Don’t talk to strangers!” The Woman unfortunately had not gotten this memo, and ended up getting into a seemingly “harmless” converstaion that would ultimately doom the world forever.

Her first mistake and essentially the one that lead to her sin and their fall was “listening” to a different source. Conversing and discussing the ways of life and rules for living with someone other than her creator. She knew what the Lord had said, we see that in the passage in Genesis 3, but she chose to “entertain” the musings and thoughts of someone else other than God. In that moment, she let go of her union with God to “discover” what this serpent might know.

We see this in stories of adultery. Initially, it does not start out as adultery, or even desire, but simply as “curiosity“. The man for example refrains from holding onto the union in His heart with His wife, and kind of, “lets go” of the side railing to put his toes into the water to see what it feels like. To “test” it. He says to himself, “I just want to see what it feels like. It can’t hurt. I’m not doing anything wrong. Besides, I can handle it. I’m not going to stray too far from the edge.” And then we all know what happens. Curiosity turns into a game, and the game turns into desire, and desire turns into… , well you know the story. And soon the man is fully submerged in the waters of adultery, that are flowing harder and stronger down river to his doom.

And it was exactly the same for the Woman. She was “curious.” And her curiosity lead her down a path that we have never fully recovered from.

Now there is nothing wrong with curiosity, in its right place. Just like a child comes running to her dad with something weird in her hand saying “daddy, daddy what is this?”, so too the Woman could have done the same. She could have firstly involved her husband, and then they could have both gone to God and told him what the serpent had said asking “Lord, Lord, what is this that the serpent has said? Is it true?”

But she didn’t. And after she had eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, so did Adam. Without question. He just naively listened to the same nonsense the serpent had told his wife. In that moment, He let go of God as His source, and chose to receive information for life from the serpent via his wife. He too was “curious” of this power that He could have by eating of this tree. And it ended up in tragedy for us all.

And in this my dear brothers and sisters we see a fundamental lesson of living with Christ as our Source. We need to be completely united to Him and Him ALONE. There is no place to be connected to Him and to something else. That something else, will ultimately pull us down and away from God.  We must not even entertain looking at or engaging with anything else other than Christ. Even if that something resembles Christ in some way. If it is not Christ, it is satan. Simple. Just like there were only two sources back then, there are still only two sources today. Christ, accessed by dying to self, and satan, accessed by building up the self.

Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that you will show us what it means to be connected to you completely. What it means to live with you as our only source. Show us the counterfeits in our lives and give us the courage to disconnect from them so that we can be fully reconnected to you and you alone. We want to live out our purpose in spirit and in complete truth.

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Living with Christ as our SOURCE – Introduction

#1 of Living with Christ as our Source

Living with Christ as our SOURCE

What does that actually mean?

It sounds really good and right, but what does it mean for you and me?

These and a few others, are questions I have started asking myself over the last while. It is something I have written on briefly in my recent testimony as the Lord began revealing this reality to me. However, I believe that much more could be said about it.

This post is somewhat of an introduction to a series on this topic. As we go along, I will look at scripture, do a few book reviews,  share links to other resources on the net, and hopefully also do a few out-of-the-box creative posts to spice things up and make it interesting. I hope to create something of a conversation that will lead us further into a life of living with Christ as our SOURCE.

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God has designed us to live by a source. To draw strength and energy from something other than ourselves. Initially, He did this so that we could live by His life. So that we could draw our life from Him and so display His image and person. But not too long after we made our début on this planet, we chose to go down our own path, and in so doing, gave up living with God as our source for something else. And we have been doing it ever since!

In a society filled with all sorts of things to do, be, and consume, we truly are are surrounded by a myriad of “source-like” possibilities. How do we choose Christ a-midst all these other “gods?” How do we connect to a source that in many ways, we have never really lived by?

Many of us know the theory. “Abide in Christ!” “Have no other God but Me.” “I am the way the truth and the life.” But do we truly practice it? Can we truly say that we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God?

Ultimately, this is what we were made for. We were designed to live with God as our Source. And always and forever we will desire it. Always and forever, our beings will not be satisfied with anything less.

I don’t know about you, but I desire this. I desire to live the life that I was designed to live. To be the the person that I was made to be. I want to live in truth. And I am not satisfied with just understanding it mentally. I want to know it with all of who I am. I want to practice it and live in a revelation of it. I want Christ. His Life. His Love. His very Person.

May this be a journey of life. One that does not just give information, but actually inspires revelation.  May the God of Glory answer our prayers and lead us into all truth as we read and share and encourage one another. I pray that this journey will yield much fruit in all our lives. That it will help disconnect us from things, and connect us to Christ. So that we may be the people we were made to be. And live with eternity beating in our chests. With the God of Glory filling our beings with His life and light.

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