There is a popular worship song that I often hear on the Christian radio stations and in the church, "You Never Let Go." It has become one of my favorite contemporary christian worship songs. I think the reason I like it so much is the fact that when I think about the redemptive work of Christ in my own life, He was faithful to never let go of me at that point in my life when I so desperately needed Him be hold on. The words of the opening verse of the song speaks volumes to me. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Your perfect love is casting out fear." For most Christians these words are familiar because they were the words that David penned in Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."It is so compelling to know that Christ is capable of holding us firmly in His hands. But we must also realize that their is a human responsibility that goes along with this, just as the writer of Hebrews reminds us, Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” There are two important things for me to remember in this passage. First, I need to be aware of the importance of my conduct, how I live out my Christian testimony. Second, it is necessary for me to learn to be content with what the Lord has provided for me. It is from this perspective that I realize that He is with me and that He is not forsaking me. One of the most difficult lessons to learn in life is to be satisfied, and that is exactly what Christ offers is Godly contentment and satisfaction.
Academics studying the subject of religion have defined religion into three broad categories: world religions, a term which refers to transcultural, international faiths, indigenous religions, which refers to smaller, culture-specific religious groups, and new religious movements, which refers to recently developed faiths. Religion by the very definition of the word refers to a belief in someone or something.
What is it that God would really desire from those who truly believe in Him and the salvation that comes through His son Jesus Christ the Lord? Oh! I would believe that based on His word, that He would desire relationship much more than religion.
The passages of Scripture dealing with this very important subject of relationship are far too numerous to even list, much less quote. so I will let the apostle Paul have the last word on this particular affiliation between man and God. In his classic letter to the Romans, he makes one of the most straightforward statements concerning this matter:
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are THE SONS OF GOD, For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, ABBA, FATHER" (Romans 8:14-15).