I believe avoiding the danger of religiousness is a major requirement for becoming the kind of Christian that God likes. A Christian that knows how to balance the “rules” and “principles” of Christianity with the personal aspect that focuses on one’s relationship with God will not fall into the error of religiousness.
When God created man, his main reason was to create people who would have personal fellowship with Him out of their freewill. The danger of religiousness is that instead of realising this, religious people tell themselves that all they need to please God and be successful Christians is to attend church regularly, obey the Ten Commandments and other moral rules, and pray in a certain way.
Although such people think they are pleasing God, they are actually making Him unhappy because God wants our Christianity to become much more than just obeying a set of rules or trying to look as holy as possible in front of our peers and other people.
God wants your Christianity to become a genuine and personal walk with Him. When you look at most religious people who don’t have an active personal relationship with God, they are usually hypocrites. They do things out of their self-righteousness and pretend to serve God with their whole hearts just to get man’s praise but God HATES this!
God wants your Christianity to be your lifestyle. What you say, eat and breathe, and how you act all the time should reflect God’s nature. If not, you still have a lot of work to do. Even Jesus rebuked the Pharisees several times in the Bible for being religious hypocrites (Mat. 23:13-15, 23, 25, 27, 29).
PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from religiousness. Help me to have a genuine and personal walk with You. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27, Romans 13:1-14, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 20:11