We can get so busy with life that we forget who made us, why we were made, and that life on this earth ends. But Jesus tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
“Seeking God” can sound confusing—like we’re playing a game of hide-and-seek with God. But it just means spending time with God who loves you more than anyone. God speaks clearly through Jesus’ brother James: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8). Who would know better than Jesus’ own brother what it was like to be near God? He grew up with Jesus, but he did not believe him until after the resurrection. For a little while, James rejected Jesus as Lord, but Jesus was always there for James, and he gladly welcomed James when James trusted in him and drew near to him.
So how do we draw near to Jesus?
Jesus is always inviting us to know him better, and he tells us how:
Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7–8)
So what does that mean practically?
We can ask, seek, and knock by praying, reading God’s Word, and spending time with people who know Jesus.
Here are some things you can start doing this week to draw near to God:
Pray to God
Talk to God and let him know you want to know him better. Sometimes the best prayer is, “I do believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).
Read (or listen) to the Bible
God’s Word is full of power and relevance for today. If you need somewhere to start, try a gospel like Matthew or John. I read and recommend Scripture Union’s Encounter With God, which guides you through a few verses every day.
Ask someone you know
God works through the lives of others to help us know him better (John 4:29, John 20:18, John 21:15). Ask a friend who knows Jesus to tell you how they got to know him better.
In the next couple of articles, we will continue our series on wisdom by giving you more practical tips on how to draw near to God, like how to lead a family devotion, and how to develop a heart for God. In the meantime, I’ll be praying for you.
Reach out to me anytime, and I’ll do all I can to point you to Jesus.