Turn Religion on it’s Head….

helloworld-2“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” Mark 2:27

Religion is a powerful thing. In it’s negative form it can make us feel like we’re serving a machine that demands much of us. But nothing could be further from Jesus’ heart.

In the build up to this verse, Jesus’ disciples picked some grain from fields as they walked, and ate it on the Sabbath – something that made the Pharisees twitch with religious fervour! They weren’t behaving right, or so they were told!

Jesus response placed the reason for laws and ideals firmly back into place – Religion was not the essence of God’s agenda, not the object of His love, and certainly not the reason for the commandments. No, man was the pinnacle of God’s creation. And the Sabbath was created for man to enjoy, not man for the Sabbath.

It is a subtle change in our thinking, but makes all the difference, when we realise God did not make you to pray, to sing, to behave, to worship, to serve. No, He made you to love you!

But He made all these things like prayer, worship, service – so that you would live a fulfilling life close to Him! They “serve” you by drawing you into intimate time with Him (prayer), by focusing all your worth and longings on Him (worship) and by giving you noble reason for living (service).

So if anything in you is tempted to think you are ticking boxes on a religious Quality Control form (e.g. Have I prayed enough? sung enough? given enough? served enough?), then turn it all around today. God actually made all these things to bless YOU – You’re the pinnacle of His creation, the apple of His eye, the object of His love and the obsession of His story – YES…HE is obsessed with YOU – no full reading of the Bible could conclude anything different. He completely adores you to the point of death! (Wild isn’t it?!)

So realise today, that all the paraphernalia of Church, prayer, song, service – it’s all about you. It was made for you (and Him, i.e. Us), not the other way around. So don’t endure it, enjoy it!

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Comments

4 comments on “Turn Religion on it’s Head….”
  1. Tony Hanson says:

    Couldn’t agree more Jarod. Religion kills. Jesus came that we may have life in all its fullness.

  2. Riba says:

    Beautiful and inspiring message. Thank you very much for sharing. Always look forward to your sermons. Please keep uploading. God bless 🙂

  3. Shadrach says:

    Great article ..Loved it totally …Sooo relevant when u step out in the world today !!! Thanks Pastor Jarrod !!!
    —— I’m from CITY LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH in Sheffield ,but now back to my home land-INDIA …But great to have met you personally and attend ur teaching in CITY LIFE BIBLE SCHOOL and Powerful Sermons in church..Love the Passion u have for THE ALMIGHTY …Really inspiring !!! Please pray for INDIA and the young people here …they need a lot of these articles to open their eyes to our True &Living Saviour JESUS !! Subscribed to your blog…Already awaiting for the next one !!! GOD BLESS !!!

  4. Christine Waring says:

    Thanks , Jarrod . Going to share , as usual : ). By the way I am enjoying your double CD and book. Not quite got the hang of how to use the USB stick !! I put it in the wrong hole of my laptop at first and expected something to appear on the screen. My husband said ‘that’s not how it works. ‘Maybe instructions for simpletons like me might help !
    God Bless , Christine

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