Let’s just get this out of the way: religion gets in the way of the gospel. Religion is like the stone rolled in front of the tomb and the seal to make the stone official—both futilely tried to keep Jesus back. Neither worked, of course, but they kept the resurrection tucked away, locked in a darkened space—until grace broke through.
Religion gives us lists such as this:
- Read your Bible every day.
- Pray before bed.
- Don’t do drugs.
- Don’t miss church.
But grace gives us a list like this:
- Love the Word from the God who loves us.
- Love to speak with the God who loves us.
- Love to live a life pleasing to the God who loves us.
- Love to hang with people who love the God who loves us.
That’s not a matter of semantics. Rules don’t honor God because rules miss the point of what God did. He finished the work. There’s no work left for us to codify or formulate or figure out. It’s all done.
Grace says Jesus. Let me repeat that: Grace says Jesus. When we know Him, we hunger for the things of God—and we’re filled. When we know Him, we take up our cross, deny what we think matters, and follow what really matters—Him.
Religion never saved anyone and never will. That job is already taken.