Nearly everyone wants, to some degree or another, to get closer to God. But how?
Most people wrongly assume that to get closer to God they need to figure out what actions are needed. Once they feel they’ve got that figured out, they then conclude that they need only to perform those actions to accomplish their goal.
This is completely understandable and logical. After all, the whole world operates under this same cause and effect ideology. If you want to lose weight, start exercising. If you want to learn to play an instrument, start taking lessons. Any terrestrial pursuit requires that we do the work.
But spiritual matters are altogether different. Why? Because God gets the glory. If we were able to work our way into heaven then the glory would be ours. The man who climbs to the top of Mount Everest does so because he was stronger and better equipped than those who failed. However, the man who gets into heaven didn’t do so because he was stronger or better than those who failed, rather he made it into heaven because Jesus is stronger and better.
How to get closer to God: Ask.
You do not have, because you do not ask God. (James 4:2b)
And don’t just ask once and then forget all about it. Ask, ask, ask. Ask every day for the rest of your life that Jesus would bring you closer to Him.
Here’s scripture to back up what I’m saying:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22)
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
You see, you were made to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s God’s Holy Spirit that enables you to become closer to God.
You want to be closer to God…ask.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5)
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