Titus 3:5 say’s He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
What is religion? When I look the word up it say’s this, the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods: Therefore, many people including some saints are confused because they believe that being a Christian is a religion.
Being a Christian is not a religion at all, man has made it into one. For when you look at the word Christian it means to be in right relationship with Jesus; to be Christ-like. When you read the four gospels you will see how Jesus responded to the religious leaders concerning religion. For the leaders during Jesus time believed that religion was about rules, traditions and law. We also see that out of religion those same people crucified Him.
Still to this day we have people believing that their religion is going to save them, reason being they have a promise within themselves that their good-deeds will outweigh their wrongs they’ve done in life. Then on the other hand you have these extremists who kill and destroy in the name of religion.
Why does a supposed to be Christian say that their belief is religion? The correct answer is that you are a Christian your belief is having faith in Christ Jesus. Nowhere in being Christ-like has anything to do with religion and it never will. When I ask a person, what is his or her belief some still say religion. Could it be that they are afraid to say that they are a Christian? Never be ashamed to say you are a Christian, people will not want to hear you call yourself a Christian, people will become uncomfortable; but that is their problem not yours. Jesus said that the gospel will offend people.
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 10:33, but whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Maybe you haven’t given much thought to the words you have chosen when you say your belief is religion, I strongly encourage you to speak correctly today. If you truly are a Christian start saying you are, but if you are serving religion then I say to you today, come from among it today. For salvation is knocking at your hearts door.
Posting a question like this I leave the door open for all kinds of answers. Now for the sake of argument because you know I don’t argue over God’s word with no one period. For one simple reason. Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, Lest he be wise in his own eyes Proverbs (26:4-5).
Let’s get down to the real reason why you go to church? Now since this is my devotion I will tell you why I go to church. First, it’s not because of the Pastor, nor the building, or the people. I go to church for one reason and one reason only. Because the Bible says so. When I was a little girl my mother would take us to church and we would be in church for hours on Sunday morning, then turn around and go back that evening. I thought church was my second home. What I didn’t realize was that mother was showing us what the word says. My mother had one slogan in her house if you lived under her roof you go to church unless you were sick, and I am not talking about a sniffle.
When I became older in life I saw the challenges I had to face in life, I found myself wondering If I am going to make it? The ups and downs of life has had its toll on me. But I remember when I was in the house of God something always changed on the inside of me. It was called HOPE. I always felt better when I left the church then when I entered the door. Yes, I pray at home and I feel much better after it but it’s something when you come into the house of GOD. David himself said I was glad when they said to me let’s go into the house of God. In Deuteronmy 32:30 it says ” How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up? Which means the more people are surrounded around your able to fight them off you.
I’ not here to tell you what you should do, because I have heard many people say many things and I call them excuses. If you are breathing you can make it to church. We can’t let our physical issues stop us for that is what the devil wants. Remember your God is bigger then what hinders us.
I am not a perfect Christian but I do try to do what pleases the Lord and some days I come up short, where I literally want to pull my hair out. But what I have come to learn is that when I get in the house of God something in the atmosphere happens. I problems mighty still be there but I got the answer to handle it.
Most people who don’t attend church believes that the moment they are in the doors that everything is fixed. But we neglect to see that Jesus will fix what’s on the inside of us first, then after that is fix it will come through the front door. I can’t do life by myself, if I am left to myself I will destroy everything I touch. And that is why I attend church, my heart desires to please God. When I don’t attend church it shows in all that I do. Things don’t work right, things and people irritate me, I am short on patience and I don’t like how I allow myself to listen to the enemy.