There is one big key to having a closer relationship with Jesus – Time! You can’t be close to anyone (friends, family, spouse, and even Christ) if you’re never with them. Only by spending quality time with someone can you talk with them, learn from them, share your heart and grow close in intimacy.
The scarcest resource for most people today it not money, but time. There are so many priorities pulling at us that we get stretched and don’t do the most important things in life, including working on our relationship with God. Here are some tips to help you walk closer with God.
Spend daily dedicated time with God – even just 10 minutes! - It is important to block uninterrupted time each and every day to be with your Lord and Savior. If you’re not doing this already, think of a good time that will work every day and simply start with 10 minutes to be with the one who has the perfect plan for you today.
Action step: For 21 days commit to the time and place you will do this and start today.
Read or listen to the Bible! The Bible is Gods letter to you. All of your questions about what to do or how best to live are in there. Not spending daily time in God’s Word would be like going to work and never checking with your Manager about what to work on that day and just making up your own plan.
Joshua 1:8 - Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Action Step: During your devotion time read one chapter of the Bible per day.
Pray! If Jesus himself spent time to pray, we need to follow His example. God speaks to us and leads us through his Holy Spirit – if we take time to listen. God wants to talk with you and lead you so don’t be afraid to listen and be real with Him. If you have a tough time staying on track with prayer consider using a prayer list of people and situations to pray for each day.
Mark 1:35 - Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Action Step: First thank God each day, then pray for forgiveness, God’s direction then requests.
Add “relationship builders” as you are ready! There are some other great things you can do during your devotion time to build upon your relationship with Christ. Once you have a daily time blocked consider adding additional areas of study, such as: a daily devotional, journaling, scripture memorization, etc.
Action Step: Ask some friends what helps them draw close to God during their devotions.
Living for Christ is an exciting adventure. He has a perfect plan for you, if you will take the time to draw close to Him, listen then follow.