Do you know the God of religion or relationship?

Relationship not religionDo you know the God of religion or relationship?

I re-discovered something precious in the Word of God this morning. I was reminded, as I was reading in Acts, that I know and serve a God of relationship, not religion.

And I am so thankful for that.

The god of religion is the one who asks you to do a number of things to prove yourself worthy. The God of Relationship recognized we will never be worthy, but He chose to love us anyway.

As I was reading in Acts, I realized,  once again, that God knew that none of us could ever be worthy of Him.  So, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place — not so that we would have to follow a bunch of rules in our lives. But so that we could know Him (and obey and serve Him) through a relationship.

In Acts 17:24-25 the Apostle Paul told a group of Greek and Jewish philosophers about this God of relationship who wasn’t interested in having them DO a bunch of things for Him. He told them of a Creator God who is also a Sustainer God who wanted to be their Savior God and live in relationship with them:

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

Then Paul goes on to say that this God made from one man all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth and “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us” (verses 26-27).

Wow! God did all of that so that WE would seek HIM and reach out for HIM and find HIM as the One who brings purpose to our lives. And He is “not far from any of us.” He has made Himself accessible….through His Son, Jesus. Through a simple, heartfelt cry, “Jesus, I need You.”

Religion — all our tireless efforts to win God’s approval — is a waste of time. Relationship is what God wants of you and me.

Lord Jesus, occupy my thoughts and heart today with a desire to seek You, reach out to You in obedience and love, and find that You are truly all I have ever needed.I truly want to be able to say, as Paul did, “For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Do YOU know the God of relationship? And are you giving HIM what He truly desires of you?

About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.


Reply May 24, 2015

So interesting husband and I were just talking about this very thing the other day. He was saying, growing up Catholic he learned about a God of religion but not relationship. And how grateful he is that he has learned the difference since being born again (years ago). Thank you for a great clarification to reflect upon:-)

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