READ – Hebrews 10:11-18
Ritual can never take the place of relationship. Imagine the drudgery of the ancient sacrificial system. It wasn’t just the worshippers who had to contend with the monotony; it was the worship leaders, too. They manned their stations without fail offering sacrifice after sacrifice. It must have been a gory, terribly tedious job.
The funny thing is, we often try to connect with God through ritual instead of relationship. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for ritual. There is something that is often reassuring and calming about experiencing a routine. The church gathers every Sunday, after all. We sing songs, and commune together around the Lord’s table every Sunday. There is a place for ritual.
But ritual must never take the place of relationship.
Because a ritual cannot connect you to God. Only a relationship with his son, Jesus Christ, can do that. He provides you with an all-access pass to the Father