Trying to Get Closer To God? Here’s Why You CAN’T Get Any Closer to God
I have often been asked “how can I get closer to God”? Sometimes we try so hard to get closer to God that we can miss something very important. Yes, we want to serve Him, we want to honor Him, and we want to please Him. While these are all natural desires and feelings towards the God of the universe who crushed His son on the cross as payment for our sins, we can sometimes get so obsessed with trying to “earn” closeness to God that we miss the fact that we are (and will remain) close to God no matter what.
Jesus Christ has become our life and 1 Cor 6:17 says “He is one Spirit with us” and this is confirmed again in Romans 6:5. Ephesians reminds us that we were raised and seated with Christ and we need to believe verses like these to help us understand that God will never leave us of forsake us, and that includes when we “feel” like we are letting Him down. God is pleased with His son, and His son abides in you. Bible reading, church going, avoiding sin, etc are all really great and important for the believer, but our closeness to God is not controlled by what we do, but rather what Christ did.
Our emotions can make us think we are distant from God but it’s so important that we see where we already are with God and that we are in the arms of a loving God who is not turning away from us when we do or don’t do certain things.
Ephesians 3:12 says “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence”. This doesn’t change when we struggle with sin, haven’t read our bibles, or when we have a recent track record that feels light on serving.
So if you want to feel closer to God then the key is to stop looking at yourself and your short comings and instead look at Jesus and believe that He has brought you near to God and nothing can change it. God is not a feeling. He’s a person, and he’s always close and cares dearly for you even when you are not performing very well.
Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.