Religion or Relationship – CAC Living Water Devotional


Sunday, January 17, 2021.


Read John 4:19-24
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

Religion is a traditional way to worship a deity, or God. It consists in people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life. On the other hand, relationship is the act of associating with others in order to know them more, and achieve common goals together.

In the church today, most people are more interested in church doctrines, tenets, traditions, and activities. This is an indication that they are more connected with religion than, their relationships with God. The woman at the well knew the religious beliefs practices of the Jews compared with the Samaritans, that in a short time, she was able to prove to Jesus Christ why she could not give Him water to drink. Even when her lifestyle showed she had no relationship with the God (Yahweh) of her religion.

A look at what the woman by the well was saying, shows her preaching religion, while our Lord Jesus was building relationship. One basic lesson we must learn here is that God is more interested in our relationships with Him than in our religions and church tradition. Jesus desires relationship (Rev. 3:20), not empty religious practices. One can be deep in religion but still go to hell (Lk. 13:27), but we cannot be in cordial relationships with Christ and go to hell (Jn. 3:36).

Some of us can defend our churches, pastors and doctrines, but cannot defend the gospel because we are religiously indoctrinated. Jesus is calling on us today to build an everlasting relationship with Him.
Do you want to know God and enjoy His inexhaustible relationship’s blessings, now and forever? Start relationship with Him (faith in Him). Sustain the relationship – read and meditate on His Word, pray unto Him, in Jesus’ name. Desire to serve Him in a Bible-believing church. Share this relationship with others (Jn. 4:27-30). God bless you.


  1. Lord, turn my directionless religious life to the relationship with You.
  2. Lord, help me to focus more on You than religious practices.
  3. Save our church from traditions that are not spirit-built.

Genesis 35:13 – 37:4; Matthew 12:8 – 12:29.

CAC Living Water Devotional

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