I love folks who are not religious because they tend to not hide their stuff. They wear their flaws because they have not been taught they are flaws. We all know how Jesus welcomed the children. One of the assumptions we have is that they were just themselves.
It doesn’t take long to become religious. Even kids learn that. If they hang out with us, they learn how to act “religious”. They learn quickly how to do the right thing but not mean it in their heart. They know to say the prayer and not believe.
Enjoy people, they are God’s creation
We had some unchurched friends to our house recently and just enjoyed the meal. Jennifer packed up some leftovers and sent them home with them. They texted us later saying, “Wow, thanks! We just had that great lunch again.” The only thing we did spiritually with them at our house was to give thanks before we ate the food.
In Matthew Chapter 11, we hear about the folks that came out to hear Jesus. They asked for Him to touch their lives but they didn’t want to repent. It is easy to love this world. Sometimes we don’t want to join the team.
Religion is dangerous
Avoid being religious. Try to be fresh, honest with God, and hungry for God. Ask Jesus to touch us while we actively serve the kingdom. It is easy to watch and enjoy the kingdom but difficult to grab a piece and get to work. Jesus said you have to pick up your cross daily.
Here is a prayer to try.
Father in heaven, forgive me for being so busy that I believe I can take care of all the bread I need. God, I am thankful for my energy, talents, and gifts but I know You have a big big part in that. Help me to use my life to share hope and Jesus. No more self-reliance. My goal, to be honest, and childlike all day today. I love You for Jesus. Amen.
Read Matthew 11:20-24 for context.
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”