Religiosity puts on a show, to look holy outwardly by appearance, rituals, actions etc. It compels us to do good in public. But godliness or true spirituality is the condition of our heart. It transforms us inwardly. We choose to do right even when no one is watching. We stand for truth and purity even if everyone else is heading the other way. Religiosity can be pretended but godliness is always genuine.
If we want to know how spiritual we are, let’s just observe ourselves. What do we do when we are alone, when no one is watching? What are our decisions when we have to suffer lose for being honest? Whom do we want to please by our good deeds, man or God? Why do we do charity, to be known as someone generous or because we really care? Do we find comfort thinking that we are at least better than others? Do we compromise with truth for our benefit? My friend, our answers can give us a crystal clear picture of our spirituality.
Even a higher standard test, what if everything we think can be seen or heard? Is it embarrassing or are we comfortable with it? If former is the case we need to work on our spirituality. Because our pretentious religious actions may befool the crowd but they can’t please God. He delights in the truthfulness of heart and true godliness.
Has this text challenged you? I want to tell you something. No human being is perfect. We can not be holy by our own righteous deeds. We need God’s help to become godly. Our standard is no other human being but God himself. We need to grow each day, step by step, comparing our today with our yesterday, till we reach our heavenly abode.
I am a Christian and my only standard is Jesus Christ. I believe that I became righteous by His sacrifice on cross. I am not saved by my good deeds but what Jesus Christ did for me. But I try and I long to reach that perfection where above everything and everyone I live to please Him and Him alone.
May God give us grace to be genuine and bring us out from any kind of shallow religiosity.
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
but honours those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
THE BIBLE POTION