Religion is to do as shown. Moses was told by God to do as shown:
“See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40)
Life in Christ is not as shown but as taught by the Holy Spirit.
“for we walk by faith, not by sight—“ (2 Corinthians 5:7)
When we engage into religious activities without the knowledge and understanding of the gospel of Christ, knowledge and understanding of the love of God, we’re simply doing as we’ve seen others doing.
Without the preaching of the gospel, others will see our efforts and activities either as a mean to seek God’s favor, a must for remaining in God’s favor, or a payback to God’s favor.
If our singing and dancing and preaching are not out of joy that comes from the gospel, then we’ll most likely be doing lip and ear worshipping.
When the act is one and that the motivating factor is another, we have inconsistency. According to the gospel, love is both the act and the motivating factor.
We’re to no longer blindly worship God. We’re to no longer worship God as a must. We’re to no longer worship God by the glory shown on the mountain. But we are to worship God as moved and led by His Spirit in celebration of the glory made known by the gospel, the glory that Christ revealed to us in the testimony of his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension along with the hope of his return.
We’re to grow by grace from former glory (sight) to new glory (faith).
This is the new glory of God:
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
This is the glory the Spirit unveiled to us to celebrate day after day.
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