There is a person I know whom God has put on my heart, an unbeliever so far from Christ it seems impossible she could be saved.
But all things are possible for Him.
This person speaks out often against religion and is committed to atheism. I’ve been praying and waiting for the right moment to speak, for speaking at the wrong moment can spell disaster.
Recently, this person said something and the Spirit said, “Speak. Speak now.”
The person said, “Religion is destroying the world. People are ruined by it and they don’t need it or any other silly superstitions.”
I said, “So you have no beliefs at all beyond the natural? For you it’s just survival of the fittest? Your immediate needs and that’s it?”
“No,” the person replied, “I do believe in karma, that people end up getting what they deserve.”
“So? That’s a religion. There’s no “god” or whatever, but you believe in something more. Something beyond the natural, because science says that’s bunk. There’s just what’s in front of you.”
“Well, I’d call it a belief system. It’s not a religion.” the person explained.
“Oh, then we may have different definitions of religion then. Sounds like your definition is like rules and rituals and so forth.” I said.
“That’s right.” the person clarified.
“In that case I’m not religious either and I agree with you as well. What I am a part of is about a relationship. I believe there is a Being who transcends everything and Who created everything. I believe the most important thing in a person’s life is to have a relationship with this Person.”
“Oh,” the person said, “Well that’s different, that’s good then.”
For all the miles this person has to go before they are even close to responding to the Gospel, we moved an inch today. But I praise God, because due to our human nature, that person shouldn’t have moved at all.
But that’s not why I am posting this. I am posting this because as I drove home something hit me.
I am religious. I observe rules and rituals. I have not been pursuing God as a relationship.
A fire that had long lay dormant within me kindled, and I began to weep. I pray every day, but how long had it been since I was so enraptured with His presence that I had to be torn away from it? I read the Bible almost every day, but how long had it been since I opened my Bible with eagerness the way a wife embraces her husband after he has been on a long journey?
- Engage the Lost. You will learn as much from bouncing what you believe off them as anything else. We Christians are far too good at patting each other on the back.
- Forget your problems. God actually commands this of us. We should focus on our relationship with Him. All good works will flow from that relationship. We don’t do good to know God, we do good because we know Him.
- Check your affections. How much affection do you have for Christ? This is something we should check on a daily basis as we should with our spouses.
- Relationships are of highest importance. God first, and others second, but for the love of our Lord, connect. I feel like I’ve kept everyone, including God, at a distance. Do not do this. God is all about relationships. That is what matters.