Since the day I accepted Christ at age 15, I’ve wanted to get closer to God. I’ve wanted to know Him more. After more than 20 years, I discovered that to know God more/better is to get to know His word more/better. Because everything about Him that is important to know, He made sure to tell us in His word. Pretty simple, I know, but it took 20 years to realize that.
Now, what does His word say about being close to Him? I’ve found two keys, and they both start with H. If I can focus on these, I’ll be close to God.
One: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)
Two: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1Peter 1:15-16)
Holy is practical righteousness. I have positional righteousness—that is Christ’s righteousness applied to my account when I received Him as savior and Lord. But holiness is knowing right and doing it.
Combine that humble yieldedness with righteous holiness, and this verse comes to life:
“For as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.” (Romans 6:19b)
We exchange our prideful, selfish desires for God’s desires. It takes humbling, or yielding ourselves. Then we renew our mind with God’s desires that we find in His word. We choose to desire His will, not our will. It’s a daily transformation that we make ourselves. We purposely surrender, yield and choose to obey… every day:
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)
Those are the basic, simple things God desires of us. “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
It’s something to think about. Tell me what you think.