The religion of a man comes about because he thinks he has found the extent of God’s requirement for him. How far the man goes in Christ depends on how much he desires to learn. Doesn’t our obedience to the Living God’s Holy Son depend on our will?
God has in mind for us great things. He has in mind for us beautiful, holy, righteous, eternal, and glorifying things. But far too often man settles for some small routine. He gathers about himself just enough to say, “I have done the Lord’s will. He is pleased with me”. Such religions have a veneer of righteousness. But consider the following.
God is not my co-pilot. He is the one at the helm. He owns the ship. He owns the Sea and the Wind. He owns the place we are going to. He owns the place we have come from.
The religion of man tends to say, “I have pleased God by coming through that door. I will then go back through that door and return to the place I am”. How can that be reasonable? It is so easy to do the things we have learned to do. Still, the Lord beckons us unto death; death to self and Life to Him.