Text: Acts 10:1-8
Key Verse: “Helodgethwith one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do” (Acts 10:6).
Religion has become a very fashionable thing in this clime. More worship centres are springing up daily. This development has caught the attention of the music industry and different genres of music now have gospel themes as their focus. What is however disturbing is the shallowness and emptiness of most of these religions.
This is aptly illustrated by the true story of a devout and religious woman who became ill and was at the point of death. Really, doctors had confirmed that she was going to die. She became greatly afraid and cried out to God: ‘I am afraid, I am a sinner, and I am not fit to die, and I don’t know how to be saved. But if You will get me well, I will learn how to get ready to meet You!’ God heard her prayers. She got well and immediately sought out a revival meeting to attend. While explaining her situation to the preacher she said: “I saw then that my religion might be good enough to live by, but certainly not to die by!” She gave her life to the Lord and became really saved. Cornelius in our text was in a similar situation. Although he was prayerful, devout and generous, his profession and practice of religion lacked something very essential. God had to send an angel to him, instructing him to send for Apostle Peter who would tell him what he ought to do. He promptly obeyed and became truly saved.
Your religious devotion is not enough if it lacks the power to make you righteous and prepare you for death. You need more than mere religious devotion and good works to get fit for heaven. You need Jesus and the salvation He offers. Those who refuse to learn from the emptiness of mere religion are condemned to die unprepared to meet the Lord. You need to get rid of religion without righteousness and get truly born again. This is what you really ought to do.
Thought for the day: Religion without Christ is vain.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church