I hear people say all the time they want to be closer to God but do they really? This is something each of us can obtain but it is work. It is more than just going to church on Sundays and praying when we need something. Having a close relationship with God takes dedication and commitment on a daily basis. You have to make God your top priority and put him above all things in your life. If you want your marriage to succeed, put God first. If you want to succeed as a parent, friend or employee then put God first. The very minute you take God out of that number one spot, you will fail.
People want a quick fix from God but not a relationship. A relationship takes your time and effort every day. It requires you to put your wants behind God’s wants for you. You have to walk the walk and talk the talk every day. It is a lifestyle change not just a Sunday morning change. You are going to have to give up things in your life to get closer to God. You cannot do the things of the world and expect to get closer to God. You have to make a choice and sometimes that includes giving up things you don’t want to, in order to get closer to God. This is the part no one wants to talk about because it’s not popular but it is the truth. You cannot live in sin all week and expect to get closer to God. The bible says to come out from among them to separate yourself and you can’t do this by living the same way you were before you were saved. The bible says you cannot serve two masters for you will love one and hate the other.
If you are not controlling your mouth with the language and content that is coming out of it, you are not getting closer to God. You can’t talk one way all week then try to be Holy on Sundays, it doesn’t work. The bible says in Matthew that by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. If you are letting the words that come out of your mouth hurt others, then you are not getting closer to God. His word tells us to love others as he has loved us.
If the only time you think about God is when you are in trouble or need then you are not growing closer to God. You are just using him not serving him. I hear it everyday when someone is in trouble they want to talk about God and pray but the minute everything is going well, they are back to acting the same way they were before they were in trouble. In a couple of weeks, they are in trouble again so they are back talking about God and praying and this cycle repeats itself over and over again. This is not getting closer to God its just using him. These people wonder why things never change in their life and they are too blind to see the truth.
I pray that each of us has the courage to make the commitment to get closer to God. I pray that each of us are willing to make the sacrifices needed to be close to him because he surely sacrificed enough for us.
Thank you for reading and I hope each of you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!