Religious and spiritual used to have similar meanings and were used interchangeably in a sentence or paragraph. However, today they are polar opposites.
Religious denotes a person who goes through the motions, one who attempts to earn a place of recognition in society and with God, and one who puts agendas and money above people.
Spiritual pertains to people who follow hard after God (Psalm 63:8). They seek a relationship with Him, which is personal and intimate. They walk in the Spirit and focus on people and the spiritual matters of life (Galatians 5:15-25).
What category do you fall into, religious or spiritual? Are we just going through the motions and playing the part, or are we genuinely repentant of our sins and wanting to mature in our spiritual walk?
Do we attend church out of duty or desire, or not at all (Hebrews 10:25)? Do we serve in a ministry or just show up to Sunday morning service to get brownie points with God and then go home?
Is Christ our whole life, with everything else as lesser priorities (Colossians 3:4)? Do we seek God before we do anything and allow Him to direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
No one is perfect yet; we all fail or get lazy now and then; but are we striving to enter God's rest (Hebrews 13:5?), and to allow His Spirit to transform us with the character and divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4; Galatians 5:22-23)?
There is only one mediator between God and mankind, and that is Jesus. Once we surrender our life to Him, we have confidence as co-heirs of God's Kingdom to enter His throne room at any time day or night (Hebrews 9:8-9; Isaiah 66:1).
Father God, in Old Testament times, You gave Your Saints a tabernacle, priests, a method of worship that included laws and precepts and the sacrifice of animals - shed blood that covered sins that started with You shedding blood to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness when they sinned and had to leave Your Paradise.
Since Jesus came as our ultimate sacrifice (John 2:19-21), You now engrave Your laws on our heart; You make us kings and priests; and we hear from You for our self rather than through a priest (Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 8:8-12). We no longer sacrifice animals to You to cover our sins, and we trust in You alone as our Savior and our God.
Thought for the Day:
God helps us in any time of need and He disciplines us as His children when we get off the straight and narrow road and wander onto the wide road that leads to destruction.
- Matthew 7:13-14