As a Christians you should value your relationship with God over anything else. If you call yourself a Christian then that means that Christian is your religion but never mistake having a religion for having a relationship with God. They can go hand in hand but they are two different things entirely.
People who are religious but who do not have a relationship with God are often people who:
- Think that JUST going to church will get them into heaven.
- Think that JUST paying tithes will get them into heaven.
- Go to church one day a week but are heathens the rest of the days of the week.
- Does not read their Bible or has no idea what it is says
- Does not talk to God (read my blog here)
- Does not know the function of the Holy Spirit (click my blog here).
- Has a holier than thou mentality
- Thinks that their position in the church makes them holy.
I know for a fact that this not what God wants. I know that because I read the Bible. What we know from the Bible is that was “religion” that killed Jesus.
Example #1 ~Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath and the “religious folks” got mad. Because it was against the religious law to do anything on the Sabbath.
In which Jesus replied:
“Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they (meaning religious folks) remained silent.
Example #2 ~ Jesus healed a blind man and the “religious folks got mad.”
“Some of the Pharisees (religious folks) said, ‘This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.’”
You see they were so caught up in the Sabbath being a religious day that they MISSED it. That here was someone sent from God doing God’s will but because they were too caught up in religion and religious acts they are actually going against God.
Example #3 ~ Jesus did not follow the religious direction when it comes to washing His hands before He ate and “religious folks” got mad.
“But the Pharisee (religious folk) was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.
Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.’
Here you have a religious person getting mad about the washing of the hands but Jesus was pointing out that you can have as many religious rituals that you want to have, but at the end of the day it is not these things that make you Holy.
It is what is on the inside of your heart that matters (see my blog here). And no matter if the Pharisee washed his hands before a meal or not, it did not change the fact that he was wicked on the inside. A religious act did not make him more religious or closer to God just because he did it.
And that is where religion will get you. Following a religion and not following the way of God. And God values a relationship with Him more than anything else.
For the Bible States
‘”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Matthew 7:21-23
This scripture speaks to the fact that people will sit at the gates of heaven thinking that they know God because of all the things that they did because of God, when really they did those things out of religion or out of duty. Not because God told them to or not because of their relationship with God. And so God says depart from me because I do not even know who you are. And they are shocked!
When clearly, there is a clear indication that God wants us to have a relationship with Him. That is what the WHOLE NEW TESTAMENT is about. After Jesus died He released the Holy Spirit. And that is the direct line that we have to talk to God. You do not have to be in a church to talk to God. The Holy Spirit is with you always and that is what helps you cultivate your relationship with God.
It does not just happen one day a week or even three days a week. Once the Holy Spirit is in you it is a continuous friend that walks with you and talks with you always. I can safely say that I sit and talk to God throughout the day about any and everything. And that is a relationship.
A relationship with God is not fake. It is not phony. It is not going to God and pretending to be someone what you are not. Because God can see all of that. God knows your heart and He knows your true intentions. So while you can pretend to be one way with the world, God knows the real you and what you do when no one is looking.
And while none of us are perfect, when you start to work and form a relationship with God then He will start to change you. You will start to notice that the bad things you once wanted to do, you won’t want to do anymore. Or the sex outside of marriage you use to love, you no longer have a desire for (click here to read my celibacy journey). Not because you do these things within your own will, but because you have grown with God and allowed God to turn your will into His.
And that is where getting a relationship with God will get you. It is like having all the answers to the most important test of your life. God will help you through the test if you just ask to cheat off His paper. But before He lets you do that, you have to be his friend, have a good relationship, and he has to trust you. But when you just try to take the test on your own without studying on try to cheat off God’s paper without knowing Him then that is when you fail.
You can read my blog on knowing your royal position. You are children of God. Of A king.
“So if you (meaning mankind) who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7-11
If we are God’s children and we love our children so much, or our boyfriends so much, or our spouses so much, then imagine how much more God longs for us. And how much He wants us to know him. So that is why you should value relationship over religion. The relationship with God is the best thing that you can have and the most important relationship you can have. Value relationship over religion.