By: Brittany Ann
Do you ever feel like your relationship with God isn’t as close as you’d like it to be?
Recently I had a reader email to ask:
“I want to have a better relationship with God, but it’s been so long… I don’t know where to start!”
This is a great question!
And honestly, it doesn’t matter if you’ve walked away from God for a while, or if you’ve been seeking a good relationship with God for a while…
We ALL have work to do when it comes to having a better relationship with God!
And yes, just like growing in any relationship, growing in our relationship with God DOES require “work.”
This doesn’t mean we can do it all ourselves of course. We obviously can’t earn our salvation or “fix” ourselves without His help.
BUT we also can’t just sit back and do nothing, while we wait around for God to fix everything for us.
You can see this all over the Bible: Jesus doesn’t typically just walk up to people out of the blue and heal them!
Instead, he waits for them to come to Him and ask for help, and sometimes he gives them something to DO, like wash in a pool or stand up and walk.
While sometimes faith is enough, other times, action is required.
So he said to the paralysed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. –Matthew 9:6b-7
Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. –Matthew 12:13
And it’s the same for us today. We can’t just sit around and hope to magically have this strong faith and trust that we want. If you want a better relationship with God, you have to take action.
We have to do our part, while trusting God to do His part–that only He can do!
So, do you want a closer, more fulfilling relationship with God? Me too!
Here’s how you can get started:
Like I mentioned earlier, unfortunately, we can’t just “will” ourselves into being wonderful, loving, God-honouring people all on our own.
While we are responsible for taking some action, we also truly need God’s help if we are going to become everything that He wants us to be.
This is why the very FIRST thing I would do, if you want to grow closer to God, is to pray and ask Him for help!