Today I was driving on my lunch break and I noticed a church sign that had a "clever" message. It read: "What have you done to make God smile today?" Completely harmless, right? I'd be lying if I said that it didn't tweak me a little bit. It might as well read: "Make sure you fulfill your daily Christian quota so God can put his stamp of approval on your life". Yikes! It's this performance driven Christianity, a disgusting and utterly false gospel, that has repelled so many away from churches. We as humans want religion to be, as C.S. Lewis puts it, a simple, mathematical formula. Go to the 9:45 service, hit up Sunday School afterwards, attend Revival in the evening and that's the typical Christian life. Honestly, that's about as boring as an insurance policy. Real life doesn't come from routine. God's not a robot.. .like any other relationship he requires attention, time, heart-felt conversation and that's the absolute beauty of the true gospel. Christianity is God's pursuit of our hearts, not our futile attempts to please Him. Jeremiah talks about how God knew us in the womb--he knows everything about us and he desperately eager for us to know Him. This is same intimacy we share with friends and lovers, so imagine how much more fulfilling to share with your Creator. I do realize that Paul shares with us about people who take advantage of God's grace and James who says faith without deeds is pointless. Of course deeds have their place--but they are a wonderful part of the change that comes when we walk with God; I'm simply saying they aren't the point. Intimacy is.