Let me start out by saying, I am back. I have plans to blog more on a regular basis.
The title of this post, “It’s not religion, it’s a relationship!!”, came from a discussion I had at church this past Sunday Morning. I believe we have come to a point in our churches that “doing” church has become more important than being the church. What happens if all of sudden your place of worship decides to not have services on a given Sunday, does that stop you from worshiping God or is that the basis of your religious experience? For most church attenders, I answer with a sad “yes”. They have come to a point that it is about the routine or ritual of getting ready to go to a building set for corporate worship. Before I go any further, I want you to understand I uphold the truth of needed corporate worship as Hebrews 10 proclaims. But some are so focused on the exterior of worship and gatherings that they miss the truth of a relationship with Jesus. Of course when we go on vacation, we don’t stop “loving” Jesus, do we? If you ever missed a “corporate worship”, you know what I am talking about. After missing the individual event, you recognize or hope you recognize that you are still a follower of Jesus if you “called” on Him as your Savior.
The whole point of this post is not to lash out at anyone or cause arguments. It is to bring us to a point of what it truly means to follow Jesus and worship Him. The fact is we have many “believers” or “church attenders” that do not understand that people are connecting with the God of Holy Scriptures outside of Sunday morning/evening services. The fact “Jack” is that people may connect with the Almighty Lord and Savior on a Wednesday evening small groups, Sunday morning services, at a coffee shop with a fellow Christian, or in their car listening to Christian radio. I believe that when our churches finally wake up to the realization that religion/religious event confines us to a certain place or time and relationship frees us up to experience God truly the way He ordained it, we will begin to see a grand revival.
In my devotional this past Christmas, Tony Dungy defined faith as “….being about a relationship with God. It’s about a relationship with Christ and thankfulness for what He did for us on the cross. Faith is about relying on the ‘Helper'”. If we rely on our attendance for our faith, it is just a religion. Faith is all about a relationship with a living God. That truth is a freeing thought!!
Let your New Year be filled with a pursuit of a right relationship with God, and not just a religious event!!
“It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship!!”