I’ve seen a definite theme in the first few weeks of the new year. So many people have expressed their desire to grow in their spirituality. They might call it different things – a desire to be more centered, to find inner peace – but I’ve definitely noticed that a lot of people (myself included) are seeking for what I call a close relationship with God.
How do you get close to God? Is it possible? Absolutely.
#1 You must have a personal relationship with God
You can’t know someone unless you have met them! God wants to have an intimate, personal relationship with you and with me. He is perfect, and we are flawed. There’s good news – God has made a way for a flawed person to have a relationship with a holy God! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) That is the gospel! Once you have accepted the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, you have entered into the most fulfilling personal relationship of all!
#2 Read The Bible
It’s pretty basic – getting close to God and finding peace truly come from reading God’s Word. That’s why one of my 2017 goals is to read through the Bible this year! I’m already so glad I set this goal for myself. God’s Word always brings peace! Our pastor said this in his message yesterday, “Nothing is more powerful for Christian growth than when the Spirit of God takes the Word of God and speaks to the people of God.”
#3 Talk To God
Again with the basics, I know. Knowing and being close to God is a relationship, and communication is always vital in a relationship. When life becomes the opposite of peaceful, stop and pour out your heart to God. When you feel you’re not centered – talk to God. Allow Him to be the center of your joy!
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16