As I’ve been embarking on this journey, it’s been easy to attribute my sacrifice to myself. I’m sure people still wonder what made me do it….and slowly I’m finding out it wasn’t me at all. All I knew in my human heart was that there was more to life, and it wasn’t about being a mere humanitarian, doing “good deeds”, or about being a better person. I know non-Christians that fit that bill MUCH better than any “Christian” I’ve met. Through my sweat and tears of servitude to the church, and 26 years of “Christianity”, one would think I’m a devout man of God, religious, and right with the Lord…. But little did I know that God pulled me out from those very things to let me know those things will never attain His Love ….. because I’ve already been blessed with it.
By His Grace, He’s pulled me out of the disease of the religious spirit to let me know that my standard of faith was below the Gospel. My faith became a basis on my works – meaning I believed that if I kept leading worship, if I kept to my bible studies & responsibilities in the ministries, if I was more dedicated – that a divine correct code would unlock in heaven and reveal revelations of God’s Goodness, Love & Glory. That somehow if I do enough, cry out hard enough, pray long enough, muster up enough love & faith, that God would fix the issues @ the ministries I worked in, fix the issues in my life, or even better help me “work out my faith”.…. Relentlessly, I had only put faith in these useless “acts of faith” than putting faith in the “acts of God”. I caught myself in this mix of life, my standard of faith wasn’t on what God had done, but the works of my life that I thought would unlock the power of God…
So often in the world, you will see the Gospel of religiosity pouring into the frontline of our faith. This is no different than when Satan deceived Adam & Eve to work for their act to “be like God” by eating of the fruit, when they were already like God. In the same way, the church has been deceived to believe we need to work our way to the blessings of the cross, when they’ve already been graced to us through our King. If you observe carefully, we will find devout church goers not walking in faith at all as they remain in the belief that they are only Sinners saved by Grace. Reality is the only “faith” they really have is exactly that – that they are sinners. Too many times in my life have I seen people (myself included) struggle with nothing more than sins of the flesh, dodging sin with religious activities or be labeled “good” by mere biblical knowledge and good activities instead of doing what Jesus has called us to do:
15And [JESUS] said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
These commissions & signs would never be possible unless God had done the impossible work for us already….
What’s my point? - I’ll leave you the most imprinting revelation thus far for me personally……
The church has been tricked to teach people to have faith that we are Powerless Sinners who NEED a savior (leading to religiosity) – instead of the truth that we have been made into Empowered Saints who HAVE a savior. It doesn’t take much faith that you’re a sinner, but it takes real faith to believe we’ve been supernaturally made into Saints.
We need to spend more time renewing our mind and wrap our faith around the result of what God did, instead of trying to re-accomplish what God did.
God never created a religion – He created a divine friendship – Wake up brothers and sisters, He’s made us into Saints and calls us His friend (John 15)…..
Love yall more than ya know