Jesus never came to start a “RELIGION”in fact he admonished the “religious” leaders of His day most harshly. Jesus came to open up through His atonement a RELATIONSHIP with Father God. Only the Son can reconnect our hearts back to the heart of Father God! We are created to be children of God. We came through our parents but we originally come from God our Father.
Religion Teaches nothing about God being a Father. The “religions” of the world use fear of punishment to control behavior, it is only outward change. Jesus said “If you love me you will obey” When we admit our wrongs, are sorrowful and ask for forgiveness accepting Jesus sacrifice as the only means for our atonement then we are truly born from above and as Jesus said “born of the spirit” . We receive a new heart and a new spirit, now we are changed from the inside with a new desire to obey God out of love and gratefulness for the cross of Christ.
When we are reconnected to the heart of Father God we can start our journey of becoming those who “Worship Him in Sprit and Truth”. If we are not careful, we as Christ followers can make a “religion” out of Christianity and cause the word of God to become void as Jesus taught over our many “traditions of man”. Today ask God to reveal to you your true state. Are you trying to religiously earn your way to heaven by being good enough, or have you made a religion out of Christianity, following the rules, keeping God in your Sunday box and checking off church attendance as fulfilling your obligation to God? Living your own way during the week? Does God seem far away?
Look at the cross and allow the eyes of your heart to be flooded with light to see the Kindness and Goodness of God at the cross. Ask God to reveal your wrongs and to forgive you and give you a new heart to do His will, not by your own power and might, but by His Spirit working in you and through you as you become one who worships in spirit and truth.
Look at God with new eyes and see Him as your Father who will care for you and cover you! You are no longer an orphan! Abba “Daddy God” cares for you and wants to be at the center of your life directing you in every area by His Spirit and His word! The Bible tells us that God is a Spirit and the Father of Spirits. His word is our guide and His Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth! You are on your way to becoming who you already are in Christ Jesus!!!!!