I hate religion.
Religion can best be summed up as “do something to get something.”
Throughout the history of mankind we’ve created thousands of variations of this formula.
- Pray 5 times a day
- Go to church once a week
- Give money to the temple
- Sacrifice your first born
- Be a good person
- Forgive to be forgiven
It doesn’t matter how little or big the transaction is there is still that core formula:
Do something -> Get something.
But Jesus came to reveal we had everything upside down.
God is not demanding payment from us before He gives good things.
No, God is the giver of all good things regardless of who we are!
God’s love and forgiveness are unconditional.
He gives us all things.
And from that place we are perfectly positioned to do the same!
Not doing in order to please God.
But doing as an overflow of who we are.
The question is will we embrace this message Jesus came to bring us?
Or will we stubbornly stay in religion… Whatever it might look like to us.
I don’t know about you but I’m done with the constant rat-race of trying to please God.
I’m going to trust what Jesus says and rest in His good pleasure.
What about you?