Monday, April 12, 2010

Religion or Relationship?

A friend posted the following as his status on Facebook today:

"I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of god. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What god desires is here." [points to head] - my favorite quote from the movie, "Kingdom Of Heaven"

Do people see you as a religious person, or do they see you as someone who lives each day in pursuit of holiness? We can be religious about many things—work, exercise, diet, or politics. Holiness, however, is what happens in us and through us as a result of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus wants to be in relationship with us. Religion and religiosity is man-made and rules-based. I desire a relationship with Jesus. I pray that I am always in pursuit of holiness.

Get off the pew and seek Jesus. He wants to be in relationship with you—with me! Get off the pew!

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