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Over the years, I have felt the desire to become more than just a check-list Christian. I’ve wrestled with the question, “How can I grow closer to God?” And I wasn’t looking for the plastic Christian answers: Go to church. Read the Bible. Don’t cuss. Be nice. Pray. Give to the poor.
Those are all good things. Things we should do. But we can do all those things and still have hearts that are far from God. I want connection. I want communion. I want closeness.
In Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself daily and take up his cross and follow me.” I want this kind of all out pursuit with God. But what does this look like in today’s modern culture?
I think it’s breaking old habits to create space in my heart for new growth.
In reality, God desires our sacrifice not for His benefit, but for ours.
For instance, I stopped watching TV for a season. I realized I was turning on the TV when I felt most depleted. But God convicted me, when I’m most depleted I’ll soak up deeply whatever I take in. Why would I want to soak in deeply the entertainment of this world instead things that breathe life back into me? I broke the old habit and created space in my heart for new growth.
Another example is my commitment to not turn on my phone or computer before I open up God’s word. I used to wake up eager to tune in to the world. I’d soon get sucked into answering this email, reading that twitter feed and returning phone calls. Before I knew it half my day was gone and I hadn’t let God prepare my heart for any of it. So, I broke the old habit and created space in my heart for new growth.
At this time, I’m intentionally sacrificing sugar and processed foods that turn into sugar once consumed. Yes, I’m doing it for health reasons. But this journey is so much more than just that. It really is about learning to tell myself no and learning to make wiser choices daily. And somehow becoming a woman of self-discipline honors God and helps me live the godly characteristic of self-control. When I first started this, it was hard- really hard- like crying big crocodile tears hard. But, I broke the old habit and created space in my heart for growth.
Am I saying all my Jesus girl friends need to do the same? No more TV? No checking your computer and phone first thing in the morning? No sugar?
This isn’t a pattern it’s a personal revelation. I’m not asking you to follow me. I’m saying follow wholeheartedly after God. Ask Him. Seek Him. Follow Him.
If we want to grow closer to God, we’ll have to distance ourselves from whatever is distracting us. Break the old habit and create space in your heart for new growth. And closeness will soon bloom.
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