Matthew 15:8 These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.

God is not only about rules. He’s about relationship. 

Anyone can follow rules, but following rules alone is not God’s desire for us. How much satisfaction do we think God gets because we’ve abstained from pork or required women to wear floor-length dresses? These are rules introduced by men that have been mixed with the law. 

Romans 6:14 says, we’ve been free from the law and 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, the Spirit of God lives inside of us. 

By these two verses alone, we can see God desires a personal relationship with us. He wants us to go to Him and ask what’s the best option in a particular situation. He wants us to worship Him as we think back on all He’s done for us. And yes, He wants us to hold ourselves to a higher standard of holiness because it’s a way to show appreciation for all that He’s done and it’s in our best interests. 

People of God, let’s not limit God to being a rule giver. He’s our Father and He only wants what’s best for us. What’s best for us is an intimate relationship with Him.