More Than Religiosity
Some think that bring a Christian means you must become a more religious person. I almost have to say this, because it could be misunderstood, but I don’t see much value in just becoming more religious—at least as most define it. What I’m interested in for me and you is for us to become more loving, caring people in Christ.
Think of how Jesus related to those around him as he ministered. He never insisted that the most important thing was for people to focus more on ritual and rules than he was in them seeking to come closer to God and each other in love.
Religiosity alone is empty unless it generates real love for each other, along with concern for all our lives, both now and for eternity. When Jesus called us to love one another, he really meant it. The trappings of religiosity pale in comparison with what a changed heart can make.
The best way to balance our faith is to follow Jesus’ example. He taught from Scripture, encouraging familiarity with it. He also demonstrated his divine power. But, more than anything else, he demonstrated loving friendship with people from highest status to the lowliest. Religiosity isn’t our goal. Living out the religion that Jesus taught and lived is.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. Ephesians 4:2-4