I was very religious in the past. To be honest, I was one of the most religious people I’ve met. Dogma, check. Ritual, check. Pride and ego, check. Uncertainty at life and purpose, and standing before God, check. At one point I was even considering becoming a pastor in the Lutheran church. I knew a lot about theology, and a lot accurately so. So what Evan, what’s your point?
My point is that inspite of excelling in being religious, I was lost. I knew a lot about God but did not know Him. It was not until after my suicide attempt that I was born again and came to personally know my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I praise God that He oppened my eyes to the truth! I am no longer religious but a disciple of the Risen Lord who lives. My previous way of life in following religion was not without merit. I did get to know a lot of accurate theological principles which help me to this day. *With a lot less ego however.
Our Lord lives. It’s not about religion, it’s about a living relationship with the Living God! Truly truly religion results in death, knowing the Savior results in life.
Father, we praise and thank You for Your incredible kindness in opening our eyes and bringing us into Your family. We know we can do nothing on our own. You are a Gracious and Loving God. May we always keep our eyes set on the Savior and grow in knowledge, truth, trust, love, and service. Please Lord may we not be religious with all it’s ego and dead rights and praise. You live mighty God, reign through us and guide and lead, and wholly uphold. We praise, worship and adore You, in Christ’s holy name. Amen