So many Christians stand by their denomination so hard core that they sound “religious”. Is this okay? What is religion? You see so many other cultures out there live on religion even if they are an Atheist. You see Atheists live religiously to live the life they want even though they say they do not believe in God or gods. You see religion can be a form of worldview you stand by. The difference is that religion is designed by mankind to have “standards”. God was not expecting you to follow the Ten Commandments. In fact the Ten Commandments was designed to show you the need for a Savior because in our own power we would not be able to Iive righteously.
God has been pursuing since before you were born. It is us who have forsaken Him in our own sin. God does not desire any of us to perish. In fact He sent His only son to die on behalf for us to give us hope and salvation. Humans, since the fall, have created their own view of God and their own design of religion. From the tower of Babel, languages were created, and then the stories of creation changed. Now religion is designed not to pursue God, but we designed it to pursue happiness, self glorification, and spiritual fulfillment based on what we think it should be. God’s heart saddens at the thought that His creation spends so much time running away from Him, hiding from Him (like Adam and Eve), or ignoring any truth from Him.
He loves you, He desires you to love Him back. He cannot force it from you, and guess what? This means it is a relationship not a religion. You see the church spends a lot of time trying to create a safe haven that they forget we need to impact. We can only impact if we are pursuing His will and who He is. Instead we worry about the outside appearance, if we carry a big bible, to look good when it counts, and run from those who do not fit our norm. We are to live dangerously (not literally) for Christ, by stepping outside our comfort zone to impact not criticize the world. You see if we are pursuing Him, living each day chasing after Him that we overflow with God’s love, mercy, and word coming from us that it impacts those around us. It must start with us falling in intimate love with God that all we can see is Him. Start running into His arms… He is waiting for you!