The song, Losing My Religion by Lauren Daigle really spoke to me. It reminded me that we can often get caught up in legalism and rules, but not care about having an authentic relationship with God.
“No more performing out of fear. I’m trying to keep my conscience clear. It all seems so insincere. I’d trade it all to meet You here.”
This song reminds that my relationship with God is the most important thing. Not how much money I give to the church, not what I wear to church, not how “good” I am. It is a relief that God’s grace is the only thing that can save us. If we try to be good on our own, we will always fail. No one is perfect. Many churches claim to teach that grace is all you need, but they don’t live this way. It is frustrating to me how many people have turned away from the church because of the way “Christians” treated them. Yes, I know it was their choice, but shouldn’t Christians always be trying to show God’s love? Instead of telling someone they’re not a good Christian because they weren’t able to come to church every Sunday out of the year, tell them about God’s grace. Of course, we should be in fellowship with other believers, but you don’t go to hell for missing church. Also, God loves us no matter what we have done. Jesus forgives murderers and rapists so He obviously forgives people who have sex before they’re married. I’m not condoning any of these things, I just want people to show others the grace God has shown them. Also, churches should not be focused on traditions and rules that are not in the Bible. The church should be focused on the Bible, not whether or not people should dress up for church.
I think so many people will think, that person’s not a Christian because they don’t believe exactly the way they do. I don’t know if the church I grew up in taught this or if it was just what I perceived. Some people think speaking in tongues is demonic. Some people think you’re not a Christian if you don’t speak in tongues. I don’t believe either of these ideas are biblical. The Bible says to be a Christian you need to believe Jesus died and rose again and ask Him to forgive your sins. We are saved by grace alone. Works cannot save us. Yes, if we have a relationship with God we should be producing fruit. We should be using our gifts to serve the Lord, but that can look different for many people. People have different spiritual gifts; we do not all have the same one.
I think it is important to realize our relationship with God is based on grace alone. If we had to earn our way into heaven, no one would be able to go. We all have different sins we struggle with. Remember, we are saved by grace, not works. God loves you no matter what.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT