Have you ever walked into a church and felt unwelcomed? Maybe it was because you didn’t know their rituals or you looked different than everyone else? Or maybe someone even asked you to leave if you didn’t change something? All of these things happen all the time and it’s really saddening. I’ve heard the words “of the Devil” so much lately that it got me thinking… what’s of the Devil?
Something that I have had to constantly remind myself and other people is that the Devil is not a creator, he was created by God. God is the creator in our story. That means that everything in this world, whether you think it is good or bad, is from God. That doesn’t mean humans haven’t altered some things here on earth because we have. We have altered the meaning of things such as sex, marriage, and worship.
We have been told time and time again to take our hat off in church or dress a certain way to please God or even how many times we need to go to church a year to keep a clear conscience because if we don’t it’s a sin. Most of these “rules” come from traditions that some people can’t let go of. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell me to take my hat off to worship God.
The Bible does say, “God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 NIV) The Bible also says, “…Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” (Matthew 4:10 NIV)
God doesn’t care what you’re wearing. It doesn’t matter to Him if you have long or short hair.
He wants your heart.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NIV)
We aren’t sinning when we do something that’s untraditional. We are sinning when we aren’t on God’s path. Sinning is something we all do. Sometimes we get discouraged by our sin. As if though we sin once and we can’t recover.
The word sin translated from Hebrew means, “missing the mark.”
We need to realize that it is easier to get back on track and to make our hearts pure.
“He did not discriminate between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith.” (Acts 15:9 NIV)