Hello. How are you today? How was your day at work today? Good? Great.
So, how's your relationship with God?
Yes, you. This is not addressed to your sister, your mother, your best friend or your doctor.
Do you feel like you are close to God? Do you feel like you know Him at all? Would you like to?
I think about things like this a lot, and I know I'm not alone. I've been a Christian for a while (about nine years now) and, while I feel like I have a relationship with God, I am always striving to know Him better. And I know you probably feel the same way too.
So I thought we'd talk about it today. And talk about some good pointers for getting to know God better.
Know the first thing you have to do to truly know God?
Be a Believer
Do you believe in God? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Yeah, I know all about the Da Vinci code controversy – Jesus was just a 'man', right? Wrong. Jesus himself declared he was the son of God. Why else do you think he would sacrifice his life on the cross (in one of the most horrific ways to die possible) to save you and me? I love my friends and family, but I probably wouldn't give my life for them. And you probably wouldn't either.
But Jesus did. Because he knew it was the only way to wipe out our sin and restore us back to our original relationship with God – as His children. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Do you believe he was the Son of God? Do you believe he died on the cross for your sins? Now if you confess these things with your mouth – and believe – you are now God's child.
So where do you go from here?
You know how you like to spend time with your girl or guy friends, your family and sometimes your co-workers? How you can spend hours just talking, hanging out and having a good time? Well, God wants to have that exact same type of relationship with you. So, hang out with God – by praying. Talk to Him. Tell Him what's on your mind. Ask Him what's on His. And – you might be surprised – He just might answer you 🙂 If not today, then maybe tomorrow. But, remember, all relationships take time and effort. So invest in your relationship with God by spending time with Him.
And after that?
Study God's Word
Yes, that old Bible is looking thick, dusty and long! Not to mention boring, outdated, and irrelevant. After all, modern scholars have debunked everything in there, right? Wrong! That's what they want you to believe. And the best knowledge is knowledge you discover for yourself. Study the origin of the Bible. Study what the Bible says. Many world events, people and places have been confirmed by historical and archaeological findings. And, the books contained within the Bible are the accepted doctrine of God – as close to talking to Him as it gets.
And, outdated? Hardly. I am currently reading through the Old Testament, and if I read about one more rape, blood-thirsty war, plague, act of disobedience, instances of incest and rebellion, I am going to faint! People freely worshipped other religions and denied God (just like we do today), went to war for stupid reasons (just like we do today), questioned the relevance of God (like we do today) and celebrated feasts and holidays unto God (just like we do today). And the Proverbs, Psalms and New Testament are filled with so much insight, wisdom and knowledge about life – how to handle stress, conflict, depression,etc. – that it's a wonder anyone can make it through life without knowing the Bible! So, pick it up today – and learn what God has to say about your life.
Go to Church!
Yes, I know you think it's possible to have a great relationship with God in the privacy of your own home, but I hate to be the one to tell you that the Bible specifically tells us to fellowship with other believers. And there are other very good reasons to attend church: you will meet other people who are in the same boat as you are and can encourage you as you grow closer to God; you will learn from people who know a lot more about God than you do; and you will take your first step in obedience to God by doing what He's asked you to do. The church really is a great place to make friends, learn about God and develop good relationships with His people. But – it's important to remember – people are not God! They are just people. And you are going to church primarily to get to know Him, secondarily to make friends and build relationships.
This will be very important to remember as your embark on your spiritual journey, because it's very easy to get caught up in interpersonal dynamics instead of focusing on God when you go to church. And God should always be your focus – not what the pastor is doing, not what your friends are saying and not what anyone else is wearing (I know I'm guilty of this sometimes!)
Focus on God and He will focus on you.
I truly hope your journey with God goes well. I know that He has your best interests in heart.
He's just waiting on you to figure that out for yourself…