At first glance one would think that I am having a problem with God. Not the case.
It is the complete opposite. What I do have a problem with is the traditional way of doing things. God began to deliver both my husband and I from “religion” and “religious mind sets” a couple years ago. Over the last 9 months He has really been opening our eyes to alot of things that concern us and what our place in Him should be. I am one who has always believed and taught that God does not desire religion, but He desires relationship with us. If we look back through the Bible we see where God spoke directly to those that He had relationship with. He spoke and gave them direction, instruction and advice to those that sought to hear His voice, and those that had relationship with Him.
Most of the time we see where God gave instruction to people it was not always the popular or expected traditional thing to do. God does not change, but His methods don’t always stay the same, I mean He is God so He can do that right? LOL! For so many years people have been locked into a certain way of doing things, whether it be in our personal lives, in church, or ministry and even our work lives, but I wonder what would happen if we start to adopt a way of doing things for the reason of purpose, living life as God sees fit, and for the benefit of ministering to our family and friends; especially when it comes to those in our lives who don’t attend church. How will we reach them with the love of Christ if all we do is sit up in church all the time?
Now don’t get me wrong. I believe that as believers we aren’t suppose to “forsake” the assembling of ourselves together. For it is in fellowship with the brethren where we draw strength, hear from God and receive encouragement for a long anticipated week ahead, but we just can’t isolate ourselves from friends and family just because we have to “go to church” all of the time. Jesus gave of His time to people in all situations, and we should be doing the same. We show people who Jesus really is in our humanity. Letting people see that believers are people that care enough about them to take off from “church” sometimes to minister to the needs of people whether it be naturally or spiritually.
Today is Christmas. Normally my husband and I would already be at church making sure that everything in our respective “auxiliary” is in order. We would probably be so aggrivated right now because since it is Christmas and “the world” is coming to church today, we want everything done in more excellence than normal, and getting no cooperation from the people around us, but we aren’t at church. I’m sitting here with my laptop blogging, he is working on a photo project and I don’t feel any pressure to perform for people or any condemnation from others trying to make us feel guilty for not being there. We recognize and realize that God is shifting us. He has changed our thought process and the way we do things. I know that there are those who would frown on “christians” not going to church on Christmas, but our being in service is not the grounds for our salvation from God or the basis of the relationship we have with Him.
In a relationship you spend time with the one that has your heart. You make time to talk to them and share your heart on a regular basis. You find out what it is that’s important to them and you make it your business to make sure that they know that whatever is important to them is important to you. Well, our relationship with God should be the same way. We apply the word of God to our lives daily, spend time talking to Him and learning Him and His ways, and what pleases Him. We have a mindset that matches His and practice those things on a regular basis to show Him that not only are we interested in Him, but truly interested in pleasing Him.
Religion on the other hand says go to church everytime your church has a service, make sure that you don’t put anything before God is what they tell us….but, let me help you with something, putting our family or even strangers before a church service is not putting them before God. God has placed believers here to be reconcilers of people to Him and people to people and we cannot reach our family or other unchurched people if all we do is go to church evertime the doors open. It is past time for us to be so in tune to the voice of God that He can direct us to do things differently than what is expected of us by man, and we not feel guilty about it.
Religion says “can’t nobody judge me but God” but a relationship with God says I want to think, act, respond, live, and be like Jesus all day everyday of my life. God is still holy and He still expects us to be holy. Now I didn’t say “spooky and deep” I said holy….simply put, whatever God considers sin so do we, and whatever calls right we call right. It’s not in the clothes, the fine speech, or where we come from, but by grace are we saved through faith. God wants relationship, and when we begin to tap into that relationship with Him, religion won’t have such a high place in our lives.
Merry Christmas to all and may you begin, if you haven’t already, walking in a real relationship with God and say….”No More Religion”