So God had an old plan before the new one. It was the plan based on following lots of rules (laws). The old plan was pointing to the new way all along the way. It couldn’t complete anyone who followed it. Even then, He had friends, that based on their heart, pointed to the new plan as well.
Much of our “religion” and current “Christianity” is actually based on the old plan. What is the clue? Is the emphasis on the rules of our Father or the relationship with our Father? The new plan is “Rules” 0 — “Relationship” 10. Game over!!!
May I be complete based on His new plan. So be it.
Some other thoughts on religion:
- “God rewards those who seek him. Not those who seek doctrine or religion or systems or creeds.” ~~Max Lucado Jesus is clear. God’s goal for us is to seek God. If we seek God, we will find Him. There is a reward there for us. Seeking leads to finding. Jesus is also clear that it not about finding religious truth or enlightenment.
- “You’re interested in religion, I’m interested in people.” ~~Zechariah the Prophet The people of the town of Bethel sent a delegation to the priests and prophets with a question. They wanted to know if the should continue fasting annually as they had been doing on a certain day for a long time now. They had turned something from God into a ritual.
- “Religion idolizes concepts and avoids personal experience.” ~~Bill Johnson It is all about our experience with Jesus. This is not conceptual. This is not about the idea of God. This isn’t about being religious. This isn’t about attending church. Are we in love with Him? Do we trust Him with every fiber of our being?