Welcome to blog Friday! Yesterday was a little much, but I pray that your week has been well and that you spent this week discovering new things.
So this week we’re discussing Relationship over Religion and I think we have this misconception of what religion is. So if I say religion is the belief in a worship of a controlling power, this is different than saying religion is Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism. Different from that is the commonly held idea (at least what I’ve seen of this) that if I’m “religious” then I subscribe to traditional religious practices.
The last definition listed is why I chose relationship over religion.
Using the first definition, yeah I’m religious, but only because it serves my purpose of relationship… and relationship with God (for me) is primarily worship and prayer. My need to have a relationship with God is more important than my need to appear religious.
Why have we placed so much importance on titles?
When someone asks are you religious, I feel the need to ask back, well what’s your definition of religious? Because I could easily Google 3 definitions that don’t apply to me, and what I perceived I’m being asked.
This is what I believe… Sin seperated man from God, but Jesus became the bridge of communication. I also believe that God is thee controlling power and that I’m religious in the sense that I worship a sovereign God… But that worship only fuels the communication that I have with my Heavenly Father. Revelations 3 tells me,
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
That tells me two things, one, I have to be open to communication. Two, that God is a gentleman in the sense that he’ll knock and wait, allowing me the opportunity to decide what I want to do.
So I ask, what does relationship look like for you? And what is your concept of religion? Are both required of us? And if so, does one carry more weight than the other? I’m curious to know your thoughts!
Anyway, I pray that you have a great day and a wonderful weekend. I love you all and I leave you with this?
John 1:10-13 (NLT)
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)
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