MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016
The problem with religion is that it saddles us with an impossible task: mending our own errant ways. – Fil Anderson (Executive director of Journey Resources in Greensboro, North Carolina)
Key Bible Verse: For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. (Roman 8:3, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Romans 8:1-4
Religion has only enough power to change the appearance of things. Religion has never been able to get down into and change anyone’s heart. It’s both a humbling and freeing thing to acknowledge there’s nothing we can do that reaches beyond the appearance of things. Only Jesus has the power and resources needed to change what’s inside us.
For many of us, religion becomes a container that securely houses “the rules” for successful living. The rules provide the answers to the how-to-please-and-appease-God questions that religion emphasizes. When this happens, our life is reduced to a set of principles, Bible verses, moral absolutes, and formulas. The unmistakable conclusion is that once the rules are understood, we can relax and feel secure because God is no longer a mystery or beyond our grasp. As long as we remain focused on surface issues, life goes well. However, when we hit a stumbling block or two, we face the emptiness of our interior life. Suddenly, “the rules” no longer seem to apply, our life begins disintegrating, and we’re forced to change.
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