It starts with you. It always does, it always has. It’s all about you.
That may sound a little strange or selfish, but throughout this post, you’ll begin to see what I mean.
I easily get offended when people use the term “religion.” Religion sounds like it has a questionable connotation to it, along with a whole bunch of rules and traditions to follow.
That’s why I don’t do religion.
I’m a Christian. “Now, Collin,” you might be saying, “How can you be a Christian but not be religious?”
Oh, I’m so glad you asked!
Here’s the thing: Christianity is not religion. It’s not based off of works or tradition or prayers that have to be said just right in order to work.
Over time, we have forgotten the true crux for Christianity: a relationship with God. That’s the difference here. I don’t do religion, and you shouldn’t either. Being a Christian is about having a personal relationship with God. Going to church every Sunday, praying in public, or even reading your Bible is not what it’s all about. All three of those should be the domino effects of a relationship with God, but those aren’t what’s important.
Consider John 5:39-40: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” What’s going on here is that people were missing the trees for the forest. They were busy searching the Scriptures, seeing what they had to do, when all that was needed was a step back and approach to the One who wrote it.
All God desires is a relationship with you. Romans 5:8 is a great example of how loving He is: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” But, now it’s your time to act. It’s about you right now. What are you going to do? Begin or grow your personal relationship with Him, and you’ll discover something much more than religion.