The Busyness of Religion.

The busyness of religion creates an “outward doing” oriented people obsessed with their inner fears and perpetual anxieties as they try to achieve an enviable status of spiritually elitism to gain the recognition the religious elite, rather than creating an “inward being" people, reflecting and projecting humbleness, peace and love their doing because of Jesus working in and through them, the true characteristics of of a spiritual relationship with God.

Behind the busyness of religious activity is the assumption that a person's doing determines who a person is. The busyness of doing religion, if only an outward expression to maintain spirituality without the qualities of being in Christ, will not produce spiritual maturity, rather it  is an expressionless endeavor of self-effort to boost egoistic superiority.

Because a person works harder and longer at religious activity does not mean they are spiritually activated, it may mean they are spiritually depleted and their religious busyness defines their spiritual deplete-less-ness.

It has been said that “Busyness is not of the devil; busyness is the devil.” Why? because it robs you from resting and trusting in God where His doing through you is your doing because of the relational journey you are on with Him.

Religious busyness can be a matter of presumption and pride. “If I don’t do it, it won’t get done because people are not committed to the church.” I am doing this for the pastor, and obedience is better than sacrifice.”

Before we do what we do, we need to rest in what God has done and is doing. We need to understand that the work we do only has lasting meaning and benefit when it fits in with what God is already doing.

When we finally acknowledge the measly contribution to spirituality all our religious busyness is, when we recognize the moral laziness of religious busyness keeps us from hearing, obeying and understanding God and His gospel, when it becomes clear that religious busyness feeds out pride, reveals our desire to be in control and receive brownie points, we need to come to Jesus and let Him to do His great work of…SETTING US FREE, from the busyness of religion to rest in His finished work,  where He is doing His work through us and His doing becomes our doing.


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