Fitting religion into our human framework, is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. We were created to know Christ and to make Him known. Lisa Whittle says in her book, Whole, “We need spiritual recovery through choosing relationship with God over a misplaced faith in religion.”
Church people sometimes behave badly. Why? We are still human and our behavior largely reflects the amount of control we give over to the indwelling Holy Spirit. People of the world say they don’t attend church because, “It’s full of hypocrites!” That would be true. As far as humanly possible, we can act out our roles as Christians. We’ve all been that at times. Hypocritical.
The world says, “Knowledge is power.” There is an element of truth to that statement but not necessarily in a Christian’s life. Although Biblical knowledge is important, Christians can have just enough knowledge to know how to “have a form of godliness but deny the power therein.” Jesus, please show us if we are addicted to our religion and are lacking a relationship with you. God says, “Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord and I will say to them, Depart from Me, you who work iniquity, I never knew you.” Lisa says, “Knowledge won’t give us impact because we won’t authentically display something we don’t feel from within.”
Religion has the possibility of taking you further than you wanted to go and keeping you longer than you wanted to stay. Relationship with Christ will draw you in and hold you closer than any addiction to religious performance. Gaining religious performance makes our souls sick. Gaining deep relationship with Jesus brings our souls to a state of health and wellness like never before. Dear Reader, Christ desires for you to know Him in His fullness, He wants your soul to be well.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, I long to know you better, to obey You quickly and submit to Your Biblical commandments readily. Jesus burn away the dross of any religious facade, so my soul can be made well and remain healthy.