2. Religion Is What You Say You Believe, Spirituality Is What You Truly Believe
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Your religion tends to be your conceptual theology, the beliefs you hold to be true. It is what you say you believe. It is how you would describe your faith in terms of God, Jesus, or another world religion. It would also be a description of the basic tenets of your faith. As such, these ideas reside in the mind.
But your spirituality deals with your functional theology, what you truly believe. It is how you function in life. Sometimes one’s religion and spirituality are in alignment. Sometimes, they are not.
Here is an example from my own life. When the Lord called me to start a ministry to men eight years ago, I began with great gusto. But soon into the mission, I floundered. I became overwhelmed with anxiety about failure and finances.
In my conceptual theology, I said I believed that God would take care of my needs. But my lived experience exposed something very different. What I really believed is that I needed to hustle and push my way through to survive. If I didn’t, everything would collapse.
As I processed what was happening to me, it became an opportunity to let go and rest in God’s provision. Anxiety began to dissipate as trust in my heavenly Father grew. What I said I believed and what I truly believed began to line up. My conceptual and functional theology were no longer divided.
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