Devout but Not Religious


Why Put Jesus in Charge

Floyd McClung is the founder and director of All Nations, an international leadership training and church planting network that partners with local churches to send short-term and long-term church planting teams to more than 30 different countries.

Floyd and his wife, Sally, live in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of numerous books including
Living on the Devil’s Doorstep and Follow – the book from which this week’s readings are adapted.

During [my university years], one of my professors had a huge influence on my life.  He was honest, spent time with the students in the resident halls, and attended student activities and sports events I was involved in.  He became a role model to me.

This professor was a very devout man but devoid of “religion.”  This fascinated and intrigued me.  At the end of each of his lectures, he would push back his notes and speak to us from his heart.  He pleaded with us to be people who would change the world.  He spoke passionately about being free from the chains of religion.  He invited us to be fully human and fully alive.

One day, he spoke about the difference between religion and God’s love.  He told us the difference between performing and living our lives from the heart – and I realized that up to that point I had lived to please people; but that was not what God wanted from me, nor did it somehow persuade God to love me. [continued 1/25]

Key Study Passage: Luke 5:27-31

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