Putting God in a Box

The religious leaders of Jesus’ time had so many rules, rituals, and traditions that they had placed God inside of a box. They pretty much left no room for God to work outside of their rules and traditions.

Their religious system had so many holes that Jesus did not come to patch up their system; He came to reveal God’s system which had gotten lost in all their traditions, rituals and rules.

They relied on their religious system so much, that when Jesus came, they could not even understand the Word of God, even though they prided themselves on knowing scripture.

“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. 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?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ – Matthew 7:21-23

A False Sense of Peace

Believe it or not, rules, rituals, and religious tradition can give us a false sense of peace. Once you start to rely on anything other than Jesus for your peace and security, you slowly begin to drift apart from your relationship and dependence on Jesus. Drifting away from Jesus is never a good thing.

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If we start living a life of Christian rituals and traditions, our faith will eventually diminish. That’s why Satan wants to get us into the vicious cycle of relying on the rules instead of living a life of faith and trust.

Routines

Most of us don’t like change because once we have turned our rules, rituals, and traditions into a routine, we no longer have to think, pray or worry about making decisions.

Take for example Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. For those who haven’t noticed, Zuckerberg wears the same gray T-shirt at most public events. During his first-ever public Q&A, he gave his reason for his penchant to wear the same gray shirt.

“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community,” Zuckerberg said, after clarifying that he had “multiple same shirts.” He said even small decisions like choosing what to wear or what to eat for breakfast could be tiring and consume energy, and he didn’t want to waste any time on that.

While that may be valuable advice for most of us who have hectic lives, this does not apply to our daily dependence on God for instructions and guidance.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

The religious leaders of Jesus’ time no longer spent time in prayer and conversation with God. By relying so much on their routines, they no longer sought out the daily wisdom and guidance of God. They just had no more time for God.

When we examine the life of Jesus, we see a man who always spent time in prayer getting directions from His Father. We need to live our lives in such a way that we don’t rely on our routines, but that we seek out God’s direction for us every single day.

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There will be times when God calls us to do something that is not in our routine and maybe even a little out of our comfort zone.

When a church is not willing to step out of its comfort zone, God will find another church to use. When we are not ready to step out of our comfort zone, God will find someone else to use, and we become no better than the Pharisees.

True Peace Is Living According To God’s Plans

So I encourage you each day to seek out God’s plans for the day. It may not be what you had planned, but remember that His plans are better than our plans any day of the week.

When your plans are according to His plans, only then you will have a true peace that comes from God our Father.

Are your plans for tomorrow according to God’s plans or your own? Commit today to seeking out God’s plans every morning for the rest of your Christian walk.

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Geno is the lead pastor at Connect Marina located in Marina, CA. He is husband to Vivien Quiroz. They have two wonderful boys, and two needy dogs. He is passionate about Jesus, family, building community, and sharing the Word of God. Pastor Geno’s method of teaching is solidly expositional, following the Inductive Method of Observation, Interpretation, and Application.