Religion of Relationship

Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this ruleā€”to the Israel of God. From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Religion says do like us and find safety in numbers. Let them see that we look alike and talk alike. Jesus teaching however was focused on relationships. Safety in numbers will lead us into religious exercises while missing the relationship of truth with each other and Jesus. In relationship with Jesus we are not safe from the world but we are safe in spirit by His grace to protect. Lose yourself in Jesus and lose the feeling of lost and the need of safety. No dynasty of man remains yet the simple Love of God endures.