Relationship Over Rules Any Day (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 165)
Romans 7:7 (NLT)
Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”
Many people mistake a relationship with Christ for a list of rules that tell us to do this and not that. Nothing could be further from the truth. Man made religion and suggests that we live by it. However, God made relationship and gives us the choice to accept it or reject it. If we convince ourselves that doing good works and following the Ten Commandments is the way to salvation, we make a grave and unfortunate mistake.
In truth, religion alone cannot save us. Just going to church every week as a routine chore is not going to cut us a path to Heaven. We need relationship. We need a horizontal relationship with others, but more importantly, we need a vertical relationship with our Creator. When we get into relationship, we begin to realize that it is less about following a set of rules and more about trusting, loving, and obeying the One who cares enough for our eternal life.
Religion confines us and binds us up. But relationship — with God through faith in Jesus Christ — saves us in this life and in the life to come. Thank God for Jesus. Thank God that there are laws we can follow such as “do not covet” and “do not lie.” But we don’t follow them because we are so good or because we’re trying to earn eternal life. We follow them because of the relationship with Christ that we enjoy.
“A rule I have had for years is to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. It is not a creed, a mere empty doctrine, but it is Christ Himself we have.”
— D.L. Moody