If you yearn for a closer walk with Christ, raise your hand. You’re not alone. I’m sitting here with both hands raised, admitting that I need more of God. But how do I get more of Him? How do I grow a deeper relationship with God?
When I want to grow a relationship with someone, I think about the things I can do to show them that I value them. I think about the ways I can show them that I care and make them happy. No matter if that means doing, or not doing, some things in order to see that relationship grow.
You’ll often hear about all the things you can start doing to grow your relationship with God. Actually, I’ve got a list of things to start doing, but that is another post. Sometimes it’s not all about the things you can do within yourself though. Sometimes it’s about things you should STOP doing.
- Stop talking so much
Proverbs 10:19 says, “In the multitude of words there wanteth no sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” We all have that one person in our lives that has something to say about everything. An opinion or comment never goes unsaid. If you have a story, they can top your story. Don’t be that person.Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” In other words, it is wise to keep your mouth shut and appear as a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Have you ever sit with a counselor or pastor of your church? They are quiet and they decipher what is being said and then offer up advice without usually being too wordy. Be led of the Lord, and you’ll be counted wise and your words will be both swords and silk.
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- Stop being discouraged
There’s nothing that drives me more batty than a Negative Nancy. “Poor pitiful me. Everybody’s against me. Nobody likes me. I can’t do anything right.” We’ve all had our fair share of ups and downs, but sometimes you’ve just got to dust yourself off and keep going!1 Samuel 30:6, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” In one of the hardest battles of his life, David had to encourage himself in the Lord. When his people wanted to kill him, he sought the Lord who brought him peace and victory.Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures may have hope.” 1 Thessalonians 2:20, “For ye are our glory and joy.” James 1:2, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” The scriptures are a reminder of God’s love and encouragement for us. The Lord will give us joy, and trials are for our benefit. He equips us with all the necessary tools, but sometimes a little self encouragement gets us through the battle!
- Stop being a Sunday Christian
Luke 16:10, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” I’m not telling you to stop attending church. Quite the contrary. What I am saying is stop being a Christian only on Sundays. Stop trying to praise God on Sunday when you’re living like the devil every other day. If you want to grow in Christ, be faithful to church, be faithful in prayer, be faithful to the calling.
1 Corinthians 4:2, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” In the beginning of this chapter, and the scripture right before this, we find more talk about this steward. A steward is simply an administrator of the gospel. The Bible also tells us that we must be good stewards (1 Peter 4:10). In order to be a good steward, we must be faithful and an everyday Christian.
We have a great responsibility to share the gospel of Christ. To do this, we must be rooted and grounded in Christ. We must be knowledgeable, faithful, and good stewards. Sacrifice and obedience are important elements of the Christian walk.
If you desire more of God, seek Him. Give yourself over to Him as that living sacrifice. Let Him rule and reign in your life and let the Holy Ghost be evident in your walk. When we seek Him with a whole heart, He will be found in us. When we desire a closer relationship with Him, we will be willing to do whatever it takes to be that servant unto death. Even if it is something for us to stop doing to grow our relationship in God.