JUST A THOUGHT
Are you religious or a Christian?
Are you a religious person or a Christian?
You may ask, “Is there a difference?” And the answer is YES!
For example, a religious person gives more attention to church than growing in Christ. A religious person focuses more on performance (good works), whereas a Christian focuses more on God’s grace.
A religious person speaks more from the mouth, while a Christian realizes what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart.
A religious person confuses good works as spiritual fruit (while not acknowledging the Holy Spirit), and the Christian understands their desperate need for a fresh and continual filling of the Holy Spirit to produce spiritual fruit. A religious person seeks to live a good and moral life.
A Christian seeks to let Christ live through him and spread the gospel and God’s love to others. A religious person will quit the church when things don’t go his way.
The Christian will run to Christ in times of difficulty. The religious person can be easily uprooted when the winds of life howl.
The Christian is deeply rooted in Christ, trading his own frailties and weakness for the strength and stability of Christ’s. The religious person is unstable and insecure.
The Christian has a salvation that is permanent and secure.
Is there a difference? I would say yes.
Which one are you? Which one do you want to be?
“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? (Ps 15:1) ff. “He who does these things will never be shaken.” (Ps 15:5b)