How would you define religion? I suppose there are many ways it could be defined. Some might describe it as belief in a god or group of gods. To others it might be an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used in the worship of a god. There is nothing inherently wrong with these definitions. The one I like best, however, is provided by Bruxy Cavey in his book The End of Religion. Bruxy writes,
“Religion is exposed as our attempts to reach God.” 1
That sums it up nicely. But where did that start? I believe we can find the beginning of religion within the first few pages of God’s story.
In his book The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey writes,
“I once say someone holding a sign that said, ‘Repent for the end is near!’ He got it wrong. Jesus didn’t say the end was near. He said that the kingdom of God was near. If I repent because the end is near, then I’m just apologizing for my past in time to die and go to heaven. But if I repent because the kingdom, the Way, the rule of God is near, then I am actively deciding to change my egocentric approach to life and joining in partnership with God to help bring about his way of love in this world. I repent, not because the end is near, but because the beginning is here, and I want to be a part of it.
“Christ’s message of the kingdom and our response of repentance was not just a command to regret your past, but an invitation to help bring about a new future.” 
It would be hard to say it any better than that. Bruxy effectively outlines the type of repentance that causes us to live in the Reign.
 Bruxy Cavey, The End of Religion, (Colorado Springs, NavPress, 2007), 129 – 130