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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Religion and God’s Kingdom”
“The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)
The difference between the Kingdom of God and religion is the practice of religion, and a person can be very religious but still not be a citizen of God’s kingdom.
Satan is always trying to muddy the waters when it comes to being a believer, and that was what he was doing to the church in Rome.
First it was over which day of the week was the Lord’s Day, and in our verse it’s about what a person should and shouldn’t eat.
Rome had all these pagan temples where people not only went to worship, but they’d buy their meats there as well. The only problem was that the meat had been sacrificed and dedicated to the gods of these temples.
Now, some Christians thought that buying and eating this meat was wrong because it had been offered to false gods while other felt like it didn’t matter, and what ended up happening is they started judging each other’s salvation.
Paul, however, admonished this behavior.
“But why do you judge your brother? … let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” (Romans 14:10a, 13)
God’s Kingdom has nothing to do with all this petty stuff like on what day we’re to worship or what we eat or drink; rather it’s about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Let’s stop getting caught up on rules and regulations that have nothing to do with salvation or God’s kingdom. These are driving people away from the church rather than being the salt and light to bring them in.
Religion can be the greatest enemy to the Kingdom of God. Some people actually think they’re saved just because they go to church on Sunday. Unfortunately, many haven’t the faintest idea what they believe.
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