If it is complicated – it is religion. If it is simple, it is Jesus! And, we do manage to complicate the Christian faith. Often, in fact, we make it into another religion. We take the basics of the faith and add things to it that take our focus off of Jesus and onto programs, buildings, budgets, bodies (number of people attending), and baptisms (number of people publicly confessing their faith).
In time, Jesus seems to get lost totally. Listen to the worship songs today; most are about us, not Jesus. Listen to sermons; most are about life principles, spiritual deeper life, the benefits we gain from salvation – healing, deliverance, prosperity. Jesus has gotten lost. Not His choice – we did it.
So, we end up with “another Jesus, another gospel, and another spirit” as Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians. And, often, we are totally unaware of it. May I add, “another church” (small ‘c’ because it is not the Church that Jesus is the Head of and that He is building). And, we end up in bondage to legalism or life lived without boundaries (license) and no longer experience the liberty and freedom Jesus spoke of and died to release.
It is time to refocus on Jesus. Maybe it is time to focus for the first time on Jesus. He is to be our focus – the King and His Kingdom. To focus or refocus will mean decluttering our spiritual life. It will mean purging religion out of our system (easier said than done). It will mean learning to travel light and experience life as it was meant to be lived.
Around the world today there is a dawning of a new understanding of prayer
The Church – is God’s people gathered together
- Salvation – a personal relationship with God
- Healing – of the separation between humankind and the Creator
- Freedom – from sin and the consequences of sin
- Life – Abundant life as God lives His life through us
- Grace – because we receive what we don’t deserve and can’t earn
- Mercy – because we no longer receive what we deserve
- Acceptance – of who we are and where we are at
- Forgiveness – of all sin and wrong doing
- Purpose – joining God in taking the Good News of the Kingdom worldwide
- Hope – that there is more to life than what we see and experience here
- Love – unconditional love – no strings attached – always the same
There is a neat story I have been studying now for a number of weeks
Summary: You don’t know you misplaced something until you need it.