1 John · Ephesians · Faith & Belief

Religion vs. Relationship

Many people assume that going to church is the same thing as a relationship with Christ.  I can assure you from personal experience – it is not the same thing.  Religion is defined as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.”  A relationship, however, is defined as “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.”

Many people BELIEVE in God.  But that doesn’t mean they know Him.  1 John 1:3 – 4 says:

That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Wait?  That doesn’t say anything about relationship!  

Yes, it does.  A fellowship is defined as “friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interests.”  Fellowship is a part of having a relationship.

Yeah, well it’s hard to have a “relationship” with someone I can’t see…

Yes, I thought that way once upon a time.  But God sees us.  That’s what matters.  Moreover, since He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins, the very least we can do for Him is to try to spend a little time with Him!

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.  ~Ephesians 2:19

Next time you’re at church, thinking that’s good enough, ask yourself who else would do for you what Jesus Christ did for you.  Probably very few, if anyone at all.  And moreover — the selfless sacrifice of Christ on behalf of all mankind is something NO ONE else could have or will ever accomplish.

Religion is something you do on Sundays.

A relationship is consistent, ongoing, and based on sharing, trust, faith, and camaraderie.

Don’t worry if you can’t see Him.

He’s there; I promise.

He’s waiting.  Longing for a chance for you to know Him better.

And when you do make that effort, I promise…  you’ll begin to see Him everywhere.

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