Thursday, 24th April 2018:Religion or relationship?

Scripture Reading: John 7:37
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink

Reflections: A large crowd had gathered for a religious feast. This was a gathering unto God but interestingly Jesus, the son of God sent forth to reconcile man unto God, was outside the gathering. He however came in secretly and eventually voiced out with a loud cry saying ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink’. By this invitation, it is evident that the gathered crowd had no personal relationship with him and that he sought to have this relationship established. It is interesting to note that people today can gather at church as christians and yet do not really have any intimate personal relationship with Jesus. They don’t even yearn to live Christ centred lives. They are just satisfied that they go to church. In essence they are playing religion. The spirit of religion has taken absolute control over them. Peter Wagner defines the spirit of religion as ‘an agent of Satan assigned to prevent change and to maintain the status quo by using religious devices’. The spirit of religion is on the loose in churches. It allows us to satisfy ourselves with mere church attendance but ensures that we keep Christ outside our daily living. Religion or relationship. Which one are you involved in?

Prayer: I disengage myself from the spirit of religion in Jesus’ name.

Confession: I just don’t go to church. I live in submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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