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Don’t Be So Religious

Religion can be a powerful snare. Religious people have rules about the way they pray, sing, worship, and live. It is important to do things the way they, their parents, and their grandparents have always done them.

The religious leaders of Jesus' day had followed the same set of rules for hundreds of years. Then Jesus came and upset their rules. They had rules about what you could and could not do on the Sabbath. But, Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man, not the other way around (Mark 2:27). They had rules about who you could and could not eat with. To demonstrate that God loved all people Jesus ate with sinners.

In Luke 20, these religious people were threatened by Jesus because He was changing traditions they held dear. They questioned Jesus’ authority, tried to trick Him into saying something illegal or ignorant, and even tried to get Him arrested. But, Jesus kept responding to them with wisdom they couldn't refute.

Jesus wants us to care more about relationships than religion. He told us to love God and to love others. Love says, “I care about you—not what church you attend or how self-righteous you are.” Jesus warned us to beware of people who only care about their religion because this will be their downfall (Luke 20:46-47) .

Love God. Love others. That is how we please God, and draw others to Him.

Reflect:

  • What area of your life are you the most prone to substitute religious activity for genuine relationship with Jesus?
  • What is one way you can guard against putting rule following over your relationship with Him?
  • What are some characteristics of a healthy relationship? How can you incorporate these characteristics into your relationship with Jesus?

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