Too many Christian’s including myself, prefer to know that they must need God than to actually need God. This means that people use the correct language, the correct actions and even purvey the right prayers so as to do what is spiritual and correct in regards to the expectations of a culture in relationship with God.
However this cannot last, because every human being has a real need and that need in it’s deepest form is the love of God made real by the power of the Holy Spirit and expressed in the every day happenings of life. This means that every time something happens in a person’s life and their response is “I must need God” they find their souls shrink and their lives feel the weakening power of their authenticity and integrity in relation to God. But more so even than that, they lose true fellowship with God and instead enjoy fellowship with the God of their making, who happens to sound very much like the God of the bible, except for one fundamental problem; it’s not the God of the bible, because that one true living God does not encourage religious duty but real relationship with him which at a deep level deals with the daily heart attitudes that determine our genuine need for him.
How does one get out of this religious cycle? Believe in the powerful God of the bible at a heart level. Jesus raised Lazarus from the tomb, Jesus describes religious people as white washed tombs, things look good from the outside, but on the inside is nothing but death and decay. Jesus was correct about such people like you and me however he was also the one who wept when he saw the people dealing with Lazarus’s death and then went to the tomb. When he arrived he requested that they move the stone from in front of the tomb at which stage they warned him that things would have begun to stink, as he had been dead for 4 days. But Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” they then proceeded to open what would have been a possibly stinky tomb and Christ looked into the tomb and called out, “Lazarus, come out!” and Lazarus still wrapped in his grave clothes emerged from the tomb and Jesus commanded that the grave clothes be taken off of Lazarus.
Religious people are in a tomb and they are beginning to fester in their hearts, and the contamination of comparison, secret sin, bitterness, depression, anxiety and many other similar symptoms are beginning to show in their lives. The answer is to hear the voice of Christ, the life giving voice, the voice that comes and graciously calls you out of your selfishness and self righteousness and reminds you that He is the lord and he loves you and he can only give you life, but you must step out of the dark tomb into the light, renounce your religious pride that has caused your depression, bitterness and comparison and return to Jesus who can save you from it all. Repent of your self-righteousness, step into the broad daylight that Christ calls you into and live. Begin to live, free from yourself and your constrictive self-belief. Forsake unforgiveness by walking into Christ’s forgiveness.
Believe in Christ and step out of the tomb in belief in hid grace to redeem you from yourself and your religious tendencies…