Religious Obligation

June 24, 2011 — 2 Comments

  Trying to please God out of religious obligation, is a self-lauding, barren and an impossible taskmaster to live under.  I distaste the feeling caused by thinking I must be perfect for God, in order to have Him love me. He loves me because He is love. I’ll never forget a time in my life where I would fall asleep praying and wake up feeling shame. It drove me crazy. It went on for weeks! one day, my daughter, when she was around four years of age, fell asleep in my lap while she was talking to me. I smiled and enjoyed the moment. She was beautiful just resting in my care. I loved being so close to her. God spoke to me and said, “Why do you think I get mad at you when you fall asleep?” I didn’t need Him to answer. It was in that moment I was healed of religious obligation. I began to cry, hugged by daughter a little closer, and fell asleep in peace.

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

2 responses to Religious Obligation

  1. Beautiful story!

  2. Love the story Steve. It’s sad that many Christian’s just don’t quite understand “grace”. I guess we sometimes feel so unworthy of God’s unmerritted favor and forget His grace is sufficient.

    Guess it’s just another tactic Satan uses to try and rob us of our joy.

    God bless.

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