Monday, March 23, 2015

It's a personal thing

"Religion is a personal thing."  That's something you often hear when people are talking about where they stand with God.  They usually say this when  they don't want to discuss what their personal religion is.  But it occurred to me that you couldn't be more right, as a Christian, than to say just that: "Religion is a personal thing!"  It is an awesome truth to consider that the God of the Universe, the author and completer of Creation, would be interested in having a one-on-one relationship with you.  But, I believe, this is one of the greatest wonders of all.  He is not just the "big picture" God.  He is the intimate, personal Lord.  He gave us, each of us, uniqueness of personality, choice, talents and circumstances of life that our journey would be personal and special.  And He fashioned salvation through the most unique individual of all, His Son Jesus, that we might come to Him one by one, through personal acceptance.  He finds us in our personal brokenness, heals us and sets our feet on the paths intended for each one.  So "religion is a personal thing".  If we are not experiencing the personal aspect...the intimacy of coming to Him and hearing from Him within the frame of our minds and hearts, we are missing out on the very heart of His plan and His best for us. But, wherever we are, we can bow before Him in our hearts and minds and turn to Him and He will hear...He knows us already!
Romans 5:19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners.  But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
Rob Smith

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