PJ’s Daily Devotional for Friday, February 17, 2017.
True confessions: I am not really into religion. I am not a church connoisseur. I don’t keep up with all the latest trends or fads. I don’t follow celebrity Christian blogs or get caught up in the latest Christian controversies.
I’m not a consumer or a fan of religion!
Let that set in for a minute… Does that surprise you?
But, oh do I love Jesus. I am committed to following Jesus and being a committed and submitted member of His local church. I am dependent on God and mutually dependent on God’s people to live my life to the glory of God. I read my Bible daily, pray in the Spirit, rejoice in my circumstances, and put my trust for this life and the next in the hands of a sovereign and holy God who is righteous and good in all that He does!
I am a friend and a follower of Jesus!
Do you know the difference? Have you discerned for yourself what the Bible teaches?
Paul said in Colossians 2:20-23, “If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, ‘Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!’ (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence” (NASB).
Paul declares the uselessness of “self-made religion” and to be completely transparent I’m not interested in propagating that which does not work for the sake of tradition. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can transform someone’s story to the glory of God; therefore, only relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ should be proclaimed!
So, as Paul did for the followers of Jesus in Colossae, I pray this prayer for you today: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority” (Colossians 2:6-10, NASB).
May we each, through the knowledge and revelation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the World, discern the difference between the trappings of religion and the promises of relationship.