One of the major themes of my life’s work has been to make a distinction between religion as a thing we do to try to appease God, and being Christian which is a relationship initiated with us by God, through Christ.
My singular passion in our Polyester Jesus series is to help you clearly understand the difference between an artificial, religious practice and an authentic, genuine relationship with Jesus. Jesus is a giver. He gives assurance, contentment, peace, rest, and, most of all, comfort. The problem with religion is it can’t give what it doesn’t have. A religious person isn’t filled up with the overflowing joy of their efforts; they are worn out by working so hard to please God.
So today we talked about the concept that you simply cannot give what you do not have. If you’re going to have love, comfort, joy, and peace, you’re going to have to find someone who has it that’s willing to give it to you. And that’s Jesus. Then and only then can you give it. Listen to today’s talk and see what I mean.