It is futile to keep doing something that does not work. It is futile to push the elevator button after the first time. It is futile to attempt to clean up your act and connect to God by following religious regulations. Religion that consists of do’s and don’ts doesn’t work. Like the elevator button, however, it seems like it might work if you just keep at it. That kind of religion reminds me of people using slot machines. Futility. They do the same, ineffective thing, over and over, hoping for a better result next time.
Strict religious rules, Paul said, “… have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” (Colossians 2:23)
I mean no disrespect. I am not criticizing sincere motives of people who practice religious ritual. But, what they do is futile. If you are trying to close the gap between yourself and God, trying to repair what has been broken in your soul, there is a better way. One that works. God has promised to fix what is broken, freely and thoroughly, if you will trust His Son.
Peter said it like this:
“… [Those who trust Jesus have been] ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ…” (1Peter 1:18b-1:19a)