What’s the difference between being religious and having a relationship?

There is an enormous difference between religion and relationship. Religion says work, work, work, and maybe you will be rewarded. Religion speaks from afar to a so-called god who may or may not be paying attention to you. Religion is impersonal, leaving you where you are, empty and alone.

Relationship is so much more valuable:

  1. Relationship with God is personal.

Scripture reveals God as a triune being—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Scripture tells us that the fullness of the Trinity dwells in us.

The Father: “As God has said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God and they shall be My people’” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
The Son
: “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3:17).
The Holy Spirit
: “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11).

The fullness of the Godhead lives in each believer. It doesn’t get any more personal than that!

  1. Relationship with God is positional.

Adopted by God: “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine’” (Isaiah 43:1)
Family Members
: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Romans 12:5).

  1. Relationship with God provides promises!

Never Alone: “...I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).
Guaranteed Transformation
: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Eternal Life
: “These things have I written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

God will be with us forever and He will finish what He started in us. Oh, the vast difference between religion and relationship!