Mark 7:7-8, NIV: “They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."

Brought up beneath the church rafters of modern Christianity, a believer can find himself or herself wondering, “What’s the point?” So much of what is done at church seems filled with repetitious recital and traditional practice. You have your dos to do, and your don’ts to avoid--but isn’t there more? There is indeed. We were not called into a relationship with Christ so that we would enslave ourselves to legalistic rules or complicated rites. We are called to come to Jesus freely and to find freedom in Him through a relationship unlike any other we could have. As we draw closer to Jesus, it is necessary to practice disciplines within our Christian lives. But, the dos and don’ts, repetition and tradition were not meant to become our focus, but to better enable us to focus on Jesus. We can do church all day--but only the religious practice that holds for us purpose and meaning to draw us closer to Jesus, will be the kind of religion that means anything to us at all.