Religion vs. Relationship – October 17 Devotions
Welcome to my blog! How is your Saturday going? I am thankful today for considerably less stress in my life than I had a week ago. Less stress and yet more productivity…what a concept! I think improved life circumstances often begin with changes in our attitudes toward what we want or don’t want in our lives.
Onto our Saturday devotional…
“Sometimes it seems that religion is killing people.
There are many who are seeking a relationship with God,
but the religious community tells them
what they need to ‘do’
in order to be acceptable to Him.
This religious spirit was alive in Jesus’ day,
and even though He died to put an end to it
and bring people into close personal relationship with Himself,
the Holy Spirit, and the Father,
the same spirit still torments people to this day–
if they don’t know the truth.
Religion says, ‘You must find a way,
no matter how impossible it may seem.
You had better follow the rules or suffer punishment.’
But relationship says,
‘Do your best because you love Me.
I know your heart.
Admit your faults, repents of your mistakes,
and just keep loving Me.'”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
This one reminds me of my Dad, because he often talked about the difference between religion and a personal relationship with Jesus and the heavenly Father. My Dad lived his life as an example of the Lord he served and had a personal relationship with, and was an earthly example of the heavenly Father. Dad was not perfect, but close enough that he made an impression on me and formed the foundation and the direction of my life. And that’s why this blog is dedicated to him.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
What is your attitude toward religion vs. relationship with a higher authority in your life? Do you have (or have you had) someone in your life who influenced you in this area?