Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Phew! If only it were that easy and straightforward!
What does drawing near to God mean for you right now?
What would it take for you to draw near to God?
What would it look like and, what difference would that make in your life?
Do you rate the difference it would make in your life so much to dare take those steps that’d result in a closer walk with God?
How much do you want it?
Or you’re happy with where you are and the status quo you are in right now?
You see, it all starts with dissatisfaction, refusing to be content with your condition and seeking for more and better.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Only those who truly desire it and are prepared to invest in it will be rewarded with the intimacy offered by God in Christ. And the yield is neither instant nor the turnover overnight but gradual and over a period of time, in fact, a lifetime. All it needs is consistency and repetition. Here’s the the brilliantly succinct Lemn Sissay with his poem on Light:
“How do you do it?” said night
“How do you wake and shine?”
“I keep it simple.” said light
“One day at a time”
I repeat, consistency and repetition.
“Consistency and repetition in what?” I hear you ask.
In devotion in prayer, in fellowship with the saints and engaging with God through His word. In staying connected and regularly servicing your connection with God. In the basics.
Where the basics get neglected, the foundation risks being seriously compromised – especially in the last days when the love of many is predicted to grow cold and a mass falling away from the faith take place (Mat 24:12 & 1 Thes 2:3).
Here’s a recent tweet I came across by @JustnBullington that could be of some help too:
More Scripture, less Netflix.
More prayer, less Twitter.
More hospitality, less me-time.
More singing, less bitterness.
More Puritans, fewer viral videos.
More truth-telling, less nuance.
More godliness, less brand-building.
More fellowship, less networking.
More Christ, less me.
Of course not all of it will apply to all in equal measure – but you get the gist.