When you walk close with God, the whole world can fall apart, and it doesn’t matter. You’re on cloud 9 because God is felt beating in your heart. You feel safe. You feel loved. You feel hopeful. It’s awesome. Closeness with God is more fulfilling than any other experience.
When you drift away from God, life is a meaningless story. You can have high successes, material possessions, and friends galore, but never truly enjoy it.
Closeness with God is the secret to happiness.
When it comes to worship, some people are afraid to do anything more than go to church a few times each month. They’re afraid they might pray too often. They don’t want to be weird, or seen as weird.
Isn’t it sad and ironic to think about how much God loves us, and how much time and effort we spend running and hiding from Him? Why do we follow Him at a far away distance?
We live in a time when anyone claiming a close relationship with God is shunned as a “religious fanatic.” The modern world makes it seem like anyone who actually reads the Bible and prays daily is a Jesus freak.
It is like we’re asking God to leave us alone so we can live as we see best, without having responsibility to Him. But we have no idea, how much we’re missing out.
(Make Me A Legend, Chapter 6)
The Bible says, “And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV) The Bible also says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” (James 4:8a NLT)
From these verses, it’s obvious that God can be sought and found. God can be close to you, or far away.
Do you ever think about this?
Some people spend their entire lives following God at a far away distance. They never experience that awesome moment when God becomes more real than a close friend.
God is living. He wants to be known and experienced.
God is reaching out to you now. There is more for you.
To me, being a Christian is much more than a religious discipline. It’s not supposed to be a chore. It’s not about following a set of rules. When Jesus says, “Come follow me!” He presents you the invitation of a lifetime and eternity.
There is a level to reach in your walk with God where you are completely swept away in a reality of Him. That level is there for you and everyone. The door is wide open. And until you go through this door, you will probably struggle to enjoy your religion.
Are you curious?
If there is one thing I have mastered in my own life, it’s this. I didn’t say I’m perfect. But, I’ve pushed in for a closer look, and I’ve walked ridiculously close with God for 23 years.
You can do it too.
Here are my 3 secrets to walk ridiculously close with God.
1. Learn To Worship
I’ve heard it said, that worship is about the kind of life you lead. I agree, but worship is more than that.
Worship is about turning off distractions, to be completely harmonious with God. It’s achieved best with focused prayers and singing.
Whether it’s for ten minutes or two hours, you should start a daily worship routine.
Rivet your attention on God when you worship Him. Let your deepest thoughts flow out to Him. Focus on His beauty.
Jesus Culture (the worship band) describes worship in these lyrics: I don’t want to talk about You, like You’re not in the room. I want to look right at You, I want to sing right to You.
Look right at Him. Sing right to Him. This is worship.
If you’re inexperienced, just do it one time, then two times, and a few more times. You can learn to worship.
Trust me, this is not as difficult as some of the extraordinary things you’ve already mastered in your life.
2. Overcome Your Sins
Sin is like a violent weed growing in a lush vegetable garden, choking the nourishment, stunting growth, and eventually killing the good plants.
We have become a society that no longer overcomes its sins. We are choking, stunted, and dying inside.
We have convinced ourselves of a grace that excuses sin, rather than God’s amazing grace that rushes upon the humble people with unimaginable, overcoming power!
People will tell you it doesn’t matter. They will tell you that God doesn’t care about people living right. But, I have learned from experience. When I practice sin, then my fellowship with God is hindered.
You don’t have to be sinless to worship God. Your salvation depends completely on faith in Jesus.
But intimacy is about nearness. And there is something very powerful that happens each time you give up a sinful practice.
Is there something standing between you and God? Is it ruining other relationships too? Give it up for 30 days, and if nothing changes, you can always return to your old life.
3. Love People
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. (1 John 4:12 NLT)
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. If we love each other, God lives in us! And His love is brought to FULL EXPRESSION IN US. Wow.
Can you see why this is on my list of 3 secrets?
There were many days in my life when I felt like God was a million miles away. Circumstances were going from bad to worse, and I wanted to crawl under a rock and die.
But, then I turned the attention away from me and my bad circumstances, and I focused on loving and blessing other people. And in that process, I became ridiculously close with God!
Jesus said, “When you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you were doing it for me!” (Matthew 25:40 NLT)
Spend a very big part of your life giving to others. Give love. Give mercy. Give second and third chances. Give money and things. Give your time.
There is something about God’s presence and how rich it is when you give your life to serve others. Do something selfless for someone else each day, and you will see Jesus more and more in your life.
These are the three secrets to walk ridiculously close with God. 1. Learn to worship. 2. Overcome your sins. 3. Love people.
Act on these secrets and share them with others. Walk ridiculously close with God, and stay that way for the rest of your amazing life.