My heart is torn into pieces, yet that is the only offering I have, dear God. I have nothing to offer…no gold, jewels, money, or fame. The richest part of me is the part of me that loves. I’m done with rules and with religion. I don’t rely on those to dictate my life. Structure, rules, right, wrong, this, that, nitty gritty details. We need to quit playing games – quit making lists of right and wrong, good and bad. We’re so busy chasing after dreams, but we’re running in the wrong directions. It’s not about rules. It’s not about religion.
My decision is to worship the heavenly Father, Lord above all. I have nothing to bring, nothing to offer. He died for me, that my sins may be forgiven. I am a child of God. I will never be anything less than unconditionally loved and seen as worthy despite any mistakes I make.
It’s not about what you identify with, it’s about what your heart loves and knows to be true. I can’t look at the person behind me in line at the grocery store and know if they’re followers of Christ. Someone’s “Not I, but Christ” bumper sticker means absolutely nothing. I can’t even look my own family members in the eyes and know what’s truly in their hearts. It’s not about anyone else! It’s about you, you, you, you, you!
Your relationship with Christ is yours and yours alone. It’s private and sacred and so, breathtakingly beautiful. Only you can know where you stand, but by golly once you know, you better stand with your feet spread wide because the whole world will try to derail you and knock you down. Even “Christians”. Some Christians are so stuck on following certain rules, certain rituals, certain traditions. Some believe that if you didn’t do it their way, then you’re destine for hell. Where’s the love in that? The meaning of the word religion has taken a drastic altercation from it’s original form.
Religion is NOT a set of rules and regulations. Religion isn’t a label, a category, or a qualification for a “good” life. Religion is something so acutely personal and beautiful. Religion is a relationship with the heavenly Father who forgives all sins and collects all of our tears.
It’s not rules.
It’s not religion.
It’s not right or wrong.
It’s not good verses bad.
It’s HOW and WHY you live. It’s how you love. Throw religion out the window because it doesn’t matter what your label is, what denomination church you attend, who you identify yourself with, etc. It’s how you live your life and how you choose to show and receive love from those around you. It’s realizing that you are a small, but crucial part of the puzzle. You have purpose. You have meaning. You are fearfully and wonderfully made for something beautiful. There will be pain and suffering in life. That doesn’t mean “religion” has failed you and you run from it. It means you continue to love with every fiber of your being and you rely faithfully of the unconditional love of a Perfect Savior.
Religion is just a set of rules – not the true love of Christ.
To truly know who you are and find your identity in Christ means to remain faithful and hopeful – to never stop loving.
Live in the comfort and peace of knowing that you are not alone. You can be changed and God will take care of that change and transformation. The Spirit of the Holy God will make you a different person, NOT a perfect person. For there is no such thing as a perfect person, only Christ was able to achieve perfection.
If you don’t know the true, everlasting, and unconditional love of Christ then I beg of you, give yourself to God!!! Give Him everything you are, everything you hope to be, all your dreams, visions, hopes, and desires. Make everything His, and He will demonstrate His power through your life.
“I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.”
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