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How Do I Get Closer to God?


I’ve heard lots of stuff about giving your life to God and getting right with God, but it seems as if I never hear anything about what to do after that. How can I get closer to God after I’ve given my life to Him?

Steve Answers:

Some people try to get closer to God without ever giving their life to Him in the first place. That’s definitely backward, as you know!But then some people give their lives to God and stop right there. They figure that since they accepted Him back in 1995, they can coast from now on.But you sense that there’s more to it than that. And you’re right! So, what is it?

Paul told some early believers, “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanks-giving for all he has done” (Colossians 2:6, 7, TLB).*

Actually, don’t stop there. I recommend reading the whole book of Colossians. (It’s short.)Now, let’s look at your relationship with God somewhat like a relationship with a close friend. Once you become friends with someone, then what do you do? You probably spend time doing things that both of you enjoy. And sometimes you just like being together. As you spend time together, you find out more about each other; you even “rub off” on each other.But there’s not just one way to do friendship. It’s something you explore and experience together.

The same is true with the relationship you’ve started with Jesus. As far as doing things together is concerned, you can expect that you’ll be doing some of the things Jesus did, because that’s what He still enjoys doing. He’ll even give you special abilities to do these things! (See 1 Corinthians 12.)

Two other texts provide insight into this subject. In Ephesians 2:8-10 you’ll discover that when you gave your life to God, He gave you eternal life and heaven as a gift. Beyond that, He’s turned your life into poetry (“workmanship” in the KJV; “poie¯ma” in Greek, from which we get the word “poem”).

Also, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 says that when you became friends with God, you automatically became His ambassador to bring other friends to Him. So whom do you know who isn’t friends with God? Introduce them!

Then there are the fruits of the Spirit. Check out Galatians 5:22, 23. In those verses Paul talks about the fact that when you became friends with God, the Holy Spirit began living inside of you. And He’ll develop spiritual fruit in you over time.

They’re good fruits, too: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. How open are you to having the Holy Spirit develop these qualities in you?

Stick with your relationship with Jesus. Be open to do the things He did, and become like Him in your character. He’s already saved you. Now He’ll continue to transform you. What a friend!

*Verses marked TLB are taken from The Living Bible, copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Ill. Used by permission.

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