Wednesday, August 24, 2011
From Religion to Relationship
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
Christianity was never about religion but relationship. Even before Christ came to earth we had God reaching down to Abraham and Sarah, before that we had God creating Adam and Eve and placing them in the garden. It is always God who makes the first move.
There is a point where we stop trying to spin all the plates and live up to what we know we never can, apart from Christ. That is where we invite Him in........That's where it starts. So many times I ask Him to assist me in doing what I have no business doing. God doesn't want to assist us in anything...
He wants to live His life out in us..................Through the Holy Spirit! That's the Aha moment of the Christian life. That is what makes it so vastly different from anything else.
I can call upon my Father at any hour of the day or night and I know He is always listening......because I'm His child. What Father wouldn't?
This morning as I carried my coffee (His Blood) and my scone (His Body) out to my prayer room, I had communion of a different kind. Remembering what He did on the cross, that's what communion is. This is my body, broken for you......a prayer of Thanksgiving from my heart to His.
Sometimes the elements look a bit different, but really, isn't it our intent He looks at?
"But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Jesus valued relationships above all. He put people over religion every single time. That's what got Him in trouble with all those religious folk. Jesus broke molds right and left while He was on this earth. He not only broke them, He smashed them to bits.
He talked with women, met with sinners, ate with people from across the tracks. That's the God I love.
And if you answer His knock, I can promise you won't be disappointed.
bottom: My brother Ron and daughter Lauryn