What happens when a relationship becomes convenient? We tend to close ourselves off from giving and receiving the right kind of love. The same rings true when we compartmentalize our spirituality. Breaking our faith down into the category of “religion,” particularly formal ceremonies and rules, may shield us but won’t deliver us from the darkness. When religion is only about doing or saying the right thing, it can stop us from chasing after God, who continuously chases after us. We can get stuck in a place where we only want something from God.
In Barb’s message, she talked about Thanksgetting vs. Thanksgiving. Thanksgetting is only thanking God when we want something in return. Thanksgiving is showing appreciation to the giver. Think about a time when you felt used or underappreciated. Did that cause you to place less value on that relationship?
I’ve been on both sides. I’m sure most of us have. That’s what makes us human. Often those relationships fade away, only to be repaired later, if we are lucky. Thankfully, we don’t need any luck to mend our relationship with God. He doesn’t hold a grudge. When we’re lost, he searches for us. When we are ready to be found, he turns on his light, which is more prominent than our wants. His love is unique.
6 Lord, there is no one like you!
For you are great, and your name is full of power.
7 Who would not fear you, O King of nations?
That title belongs to you alone!
Among all the wise people of the earth
and in all the kingdoms of the world,
there is no one like you.
Social media helps us reacquaint with friends from the past, but too often, we only use those platforms for likes and posting pictures. We don’t focus on building those relationships. It’s easy to hide from what brings us closer together. That’s how I see religion at times. Instead of focusing on a relationship with God, we focus on checking boxes, which keeps us from receiving the love and protection of God, that we need from God to step out into the world. David Jeremiah said, “We need the one who causes us to fall on our knees. We need to rediscover our need for God.” We need to know his love is more than religion.
Do you use religion to keep yourself from seeing the rest of the world? Dido you know that building a relationship with God is how we fullyto receive his love?
Be an everyday Christian. Grow your relationship with God by sharing his truth in your daily life. Reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ when you are hurting.
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God, quiet my anger during these tough times so I can share your love with the world. Open the eyes of those who have allowed darkness to keep them shut. Guide all of us as we lead our families and communities to do better. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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