June 9, 2020

Relationship Over Religion

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 9, 2020

Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4

When I was a new believer, I hate to admit it, but there were times when I was narrow-minded. Even while my affection for Christ grew, my views about where God would work in the lives of others narrowed. I know it sounds crazy, but I ignorantly thought God would work here, but not there. . .in this denomination, but not in that one. 

I am thankful that since that time, my views have significantly changed. 

Now I find it glorious that God is at work in all people in all religions everywhere across the globe. He ignores the boundaries we place between ourselves. He loves all of creation and all people He has made.  

I recently watched a video about a Muslim man who had never heard of Jesus. One night, while in jail, he called out to God. Christ appeared to him and revealed His identity. The man wept and wept when He realized Christ was his Savior. 

Isn’t it fantastic—that across the globe—Jesus is working in the lives of Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Christians, and all peoples to draw them to himself? 

Jesus isn’t into religion; He’s into love. He’s not about rules; He’s about relationship—and He wants people everywhere to know Him. 

Perhaps, this is why Christ didn’t preach a denomination. He didn’t tell people to go to a particular church, or follow a particular person, apart from himself. He simply told us to love one another. 

Sadly, there is often competition in the body of Christ. Different denominations sometimes believe they have a bigger piece of the truth pie, that they know more than others. We do ourselves—and others—a great disservice when we buy into the lie that we are superior to those in denominations with which we may not agree on every theological point. 

I imagine that when we all go home to heaven, we will be blown away by how little we know. I imagine that we will also be blown away by His glory, grace, and amazing love. 

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”(2 Peter 3:9).

Prayer

Lord, thank you that you love all people and that you want us to love one another the way you love us. Teach us to listen, rather than jump to conclusions, assuming that we are superior. Help us to learn from one another and rejoice when we see you at work in the world. Amen.


Application

Make friends with someone who has a different viewpoint of faith than you. Listen and be compassionate and loving toward them.


Related Reading

Ezekiel 18:23; John 3:17; Titus 2:11

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