Often times, we as Christians get caught up in a pattern or fall into religion and miss the whole purpose of Christianity, relationship. Religion is what you do. God is not interested in you getting better at your religion. He desires intimate relationship with you, one that is fresh and alive. Relationship is already in our hearts, all we have to do is respond to that invitation. Relationship isn’t just calling on God during your worst times but rather inviting him into each moment, the good and the bad. There are two significant things that make Christianity unique:
- Your God loves you.
- You can have a relationship with God. You can’t have relationship with someone who’s dead. Our God is ALIVE!
Religion is our enemy, it’ll kill you. We, as a church, need to get rid of our religious check list. Religion consists of legalism. Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God, justification before God and acceptance by God through our obedience. Legalism is basing your righteousness on your ability to obey God. And that, my friends, is what destroys you. The idea of religion is a trick from the enemy. In fact, NOT one act of your obedience contributes to your righteousness. The amazing thing is that you’re justified in God because of the blood of Jesus. Tim Talbot once stated: “Nothing contributes to my children being my children no matter how much they mess up” and its the exact same with Christ. The story of the prodigal son is a perfect biblical example of this (Luke 15:11-32). Luke 15:20 TPT states “So the young son set off for home. From a long distance away, his father saw him coming, dressed as a beggar, and great compassion swelled up in his heart for his son who was returning home. So the father raced out to meet him. He swept him up in his arms, hugged him dearly, and kissed him over and over with tender love.” All God cares about is having an intimate relationship with you. Did you know that there is nothing that we could ever do to earn his love? He freely lavishes his love upon us. And this love did not change when we became saved–he loved us when we were sinners the same way he loves us now as saints (Romans 5:8-9).
A way to identify religion is it’s something that you can measure. For example: Keeping track of how much or how often you pray. Religion is all about performance or doing the right thing. Religion is anything that becomes a pattern in your quiet time with God. Relationships however are never complete, there are always new things to learn and experience with one another. With that being said, relationships aren’t always intimate and romantic but there are times when they are. Our God is intimate (John 15:15), he wants to be involved in every part of our life however God is a gentlemen. He won’t barge his way in, he’ll wait for you to invite him.
Do you personally verify with your actions that God is always involved in your life? Do you welcome him in your daily activities?
If you don’t I would strongly encourage you to, inviting him into your daily activities will be one of the most rewarding aspects of your relationship with him. Let God out of your religious box and I promise you won’t regret it!