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First-time blogger here, so is nice!  As we get this blog started, our student ministry is going through the book Jesus>Religion by Jefferson Bethke.  If you have not read this book, I would encourage you to pick it up and dive in. With that said, much of the content I’ll be expressing will pertain to what God is showing us as we move through this study.

Depending on different variables and life experiences, the term “Jesus is a greater than religion” can hit you a few different ways.  The millennial crowd says, “Great because we are so done with the man-made church stuff.” On the other hand, those that are older in age and the Faith, may get a sour look on their face due to the sacrilegious tone of the statement.  In my opinion, we have created both responses.

If you are non-believer I want you to ask yourself one question, “What if life with Jesus is better than you thought?”  Many veterans of the faith will scream a resounding ‘Yes’ to this question.  The problem I see happening is between answering yes to this question and our actions displayed daily.  They don’t seem to match up.  Many times this is due to a lack of focus on the person of Jesus Christ and not walking day-in and day-out with a Christ-centered commitment. 

First thing to remember is:

It’s not about us coming to Jesus.  It’s about Jesus coming to us.  Yes, He first loved us!  He is the main thing in this whole scenario called life.  Without Him there is no way.  On the other side, do we have a part to play?  For sure, it is defined in Scripture in Romans 10:9; “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Wrapping it Up

First and foremost we must focus in on the person of Jesus Christ and the example that He walked out here on earth.  He is the center!

Second, we have to remember that the Bible is not filled with squeaky-clean, picture-perfect stories. Most of our heroes in the faith were not that perfect.  They failed in areas of rebellion, doubt, adultery and other struggles.  But that’s also what is so significant and encouraging about the Bible.  It’s an awesome narrative of God’s grace.  It’s a love story and an epic battle.  Jesus is the Hero.  Not us.


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Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

I don’t know if I’ve ever read a scarier scripture in all of the Bible than the one I read in Matthew 7. If I am reading it right, there are people currently in the Body of Christ who are busy doing the work of the body but don’t actually have a personal relationship with Jesus. These people aren’t just nominally involved with the work of the church, some of them are actually being used in the miraculous. Scripture says that this group of people will actually stand before God on the Day of Judgment and give God a list of their spiritual accomplishments. They will say stuff like, “Didn’t you hear me prophesying in the church, didn’t you see me casting out demons on your behalf, didn’t you see the wonders I was a part of?” Even so, on the Day; God will look them squarely in the eyes and say to them, “I never knew you, depart from me!”

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to be in that number. My first thought on this matter is this: “How can I know it’s not me?” I think the answer to that is simple. Do I have an assurance within me that I am His and He is mine? I am absolutely convinced that we can know the answer to that question. If we are willing, to be honest with ourselves, we know what we know. God isn't a God of confusion. He isn’t trying to trick us here. He would never withhold any truth from us that we were searching for. God would never let you feel a false peace about your eternal destiny. God is a God of TRUTH and God is a God of MERCY. If we have made a real commitment to Him as our Lord, we know it without a doubt. Just to be safe, you might want to make an honest evaluation right now. If you have any doubts, just ask Him. He is ready to give you an assurance. He is ready to make you His. It’s WHY YOU WERE BORN!

-Mike Devine

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