A famous country singer told how she got religion. When she was a child, her mother said the Holy Spirit told her that her daughter had a special gift. When she grew up and started singing, she said the gift had to come from God because she didn’t get it from her mother or father. It was then that she felt she had a relationship with God. She said this was when she began to discover “my spirituality.”
“My spirituality.” A spirituality based on a gifted singing voice. How ridiculous! But her claim to religion is typical. People talk about “my” church, “my” beliefs, and “my” denomination. They talk about “my” values, “my” standards, and “my” priorities. They speak of “my” interpretation, “my” definition, and “my” opinion. This terminology is not in itself wrong. Paul spoke of “my gospel” (Rom. 2:16), but this was the exception, not the rule. People today talk about “my religion” and leave God and the Bible out of it. They are like the rich fool who said, “I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods” (Luke 12:18). He thought all of this was his—but it never was!
These people talk about “their church” like they talk about their car or their house. When this church doesn’t suit them, they change it or they get another one. Religion to them is all about what they want, not what God says. That is why they don’t even bother to give you Bible approval for what they believe and do. Why should they? “My spirituality” is based on feelings anyway. This is also why they are so accepting and tolerant of other beliefs. After all, “my religion” is not “his religion,” but “I can’t say that what is right for me is right for him.”
Such people are often the most vocal about their beliefs. They testify about the good things that have happened to them as proof that “my spirituality” is right. They don’t read verses like Ecclesiastes 9:11 which says time and chance happen to us all. They don’t pay attention to Matthew 5:45 where Jesus said that God makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. If “my spirituality” is right because good things come to me at some point in my life, then everybody’s spirituality is right because everybody receives good things at times.
A lot of people will wish on judgment they had listened to God’s Words instead of their desires. They can talk about how religious they are, but their talk is cheap if they don’t follow the Bible. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me ‟Lord, Lord‟ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day „Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?‟ Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from Me, you evil doers‟” (Matt. 7:21-23).
“My spirituality” is not the standard. Only God’s Word is. Until people humble themselves before it, they will not be saved. – Kerry Duke, West End church of Christ, Livingston, TN