Beyond the Pew

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When I was young, I attended church without missing a Sunday of Sunday School for over 10 years. I was even the protestant lay-reader through Marine Corps bootcamp, but when I got to the fleet “all hell broke loose”. Why? Because I failed to realize that Christianity wasn’t about listening to the stories or even perfect attendance; it is about a relationship with Christ Jesus.

For the readers in a relationship, if you put as much effort into your relationship as you do your relationship with God, would you still even be in the relationship today? 

Our relationship with God, made possible only through the blood of Jesus, IS a relationship. How close of a relationship is completely up to you! God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is there faithfully, continually, and perfectly. It is us that moves away from Him. 

I had a discussion today about a teenager that has a problem respecting authority. I was told that sometimes she is respectful and actually sweet. Though that may be the case, it is during the times of correction and guidance that her true character, and level of respect, is shown. 

When times are good and she is getting what she wants she is respectful, but when she is corrected or forced to bear the weight of her actions she becomes a rather difficult child to say the least.

How often are we like that? When we are in the midst of blessings its easy to be thankful, but when this life gets difficult do you blame God or do you run to Him as a loving Father?

When you love someone you do things for them right? Probably even things you really don’t even want to do. Do your actions convey your love for God? 

Do you even love God for who He is? Or maybe a better question is do you really know who He is?

It’s easy to sit in church and sing songs like “Jesus Christ you are my one desire”. But what does that look like once you leave church? 

In the end, it’s not about religion or even our religious acts… it’s about your personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus.

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