Self-Made Religion

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“Jesus isn’t good enough.”

That’s basically what the Colossians were saying. Jesus isn’t exciting enough so I’m going to add a few more ingredients to the religion stew.

Have you ever felt that way? Like your path isn’t as exciting or as “spiritual” as someone else’s?

I’ve personally never seen an angel or a demon (not that I would want the latter!). I’ve never had a vision or a dream of any supernatural nature. I’ve never had any crazy encounters with strangers that seemed destined or prearranged. I just read my Bible, pray, and try to live my life as Christ-centered as possible. I haven’t been called to Africa or any developing country. I’ve never smuggled Bibles into a place they weren’t allowed. I haven’t knocked on death’s door and survived to tell about it. I’m just… normal. And it’s easy to question, why? With all the inspiring testimonies and incredible spiritual encounters some people have, why haven’t I experienced that, too?

After a while, maybe we start to think that this experience is something we must take on ourselves, so we begin seeking a new spiritual means by way of other practices and religions. We become obsessed with obtaining gifts and experiences that “come from God” when really, we’re creating them ourselves. We turn into a one-woman workshop for self-idolization and get fixated on how we can receive something more and encounter something better.

But then you have to ask yourself, why does that matter? Do I need anything more than Christ to know I’m saved?

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Paul writes against any philosophy of life based on only human ideas and experiences. Look around you. We are all constantly searching for something to give our lives a boost – and that includes our spiritual life. Very few people seem content with themselves. As Christians, we should realize that what Christ did on the cross is enough, but oftentimes we don’t. We need that extra reassurance, that little spark that makes us special. We keep forgetting that God doesn’t show favoritism through miracles. We are all His vessels, being used when and where He needs us.

But today’s time would tell you otherwise. We become insecure when we see grand things happening to our neighbor and not us. Well, he saw an angel and she was called to Haiti, so that must mean they’re a better Christian than me. God didn’t trust me with that job.

But that’s not true at all.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

We must not cling to our own ideas of what Christianity looks like. Nor should we let our hunger for a more fulfilling Christian experience cause us to put our trust in anything other than Christ himself. He is our only hope and source of true wisdom. When you know Jesus, you don’t need to seek God by means of other religions, cults, or experiences. We don’t need anything in addition to what Christ has already provided to be saved.

As Christ followers, we are free to live a life where we desire Christ daily and long for His truth to be spread. We don’t need certain miracles to happen to us because a changed life is a miracle in itself! Having the Holy Spirit dwelling in me is so precious and wonderful – that alone is enough proof. Jesus sought us out. We’re loved and accepted because of what He’s already done. We don’t need to seek a more exciting religion or calling as verification of our loyalty to Christ.

We are all together members of the body of Christ.

Today, focus on the little miracles in your life that have come from God. Instead of wishing for some grand spiritual happening to occur, look for the small things. The hidden treasures. God shows no partiality (Acts 10:34). We are all loved by our Father. Be content with the things in your life that He uses you for, and thank Him for those responsibilities. He loves and trusts YOU.

-Lauren

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