Getting closer to God is for everyone. Whether you are a teenager, or an 80 year old, you were created to know God.
In the beginning when God made mankind, He made Adam and Eve for two reasons: (1) to bear His image, and (2) to have a relationship with Him. There was no other purpose for them to accomplish. (Related Article: What is the Gospel?)
Jesus has redeemed us back to that. He has (1) saved us from the image of sin, and (2) brought us back to a relationship with Him. You now have the same purpose that Adam and Eve had. You are called to walk in the image of God, which is love, and you are called to have an intimate relationship with God.
In this article, we are going to cover some helpful tips so that you can grow closer to God everyday.
Let’s get started.
Tip #1: Realize It’s Not About Your Age
We may change but God never changes. He is always there and always present. He is present to the 80 year old, as well as the five year old. The only requirement for both the former and the latter is faith.
Faith in the God that desires to know you, and faith that He will hear you when you call.
So don’t get hemmed up on your age; if you feel too young or too old. The promise is still the same: Jesus never changes and He is as close to you as the mention of His name.
Tip #2: Read The Word Of God Daily
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1&14)
The Bible is the Word of God and this verse reveals that God is in His Word. The way we get to know someone is by their words. It is no different with God.
So when we look into the Bible, we are looking into God. We can see His heart, His desires, what pleases Him, and what grieves Him.
I remember when I was in high school I had so many other things on my mind. Such as homework, tests, friends, girls, sports etc. I put a greater value on the things that didn’t matter, or bring much purpose to my life, and I forget the One that matters most.
When I finally realized that nothing compares to knowing Him. I spent a couple hours a day reading the Bible. I would go to the library on my off periods and spend time in His Word.
I lost some close friends (and didn’t get any girls) but I gained the best Friend there ever was.
If you want to start growing closer to God, spend time in His Word on a consistent basis and faith will rise up in your heart and God will become real in your life.
Tip #3: Spend Time With God In Prayer
There are two contributing factors to any strong relationship. Those are: time and communication.
If these two factors aren’t working in a relationship then there is no relationship.
It is the same with God. If we want to have a relationship with Him then we need to spend some quality time with Him.
So, what does this look like?
It looks like finding time in your day where you can get alone and communicate your heart to the Father. You can worship, thank Him for things, pray for others, ask for guidance, etc. There is no formula to this. There is just simple desire to have a relationship with God, so you get alone to be with Him. That’s it.
What it looks like for me is I like to wake up in the morning, before everyone else, and pray, worship and study my Bible. This may be different for you, but whatever it is, it needs to be quality time with Jesus.
If you want to go a little more in depth on this topic you can check out my two main articles on prayer. How To Pray Like Jesus (For Beginners) and The Prayer Life Of The Apostle Paul & How To Pray Like Him.
Tip #4: Spend Time With Believing Friends & Limit Time With Unbelieving Friends
“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
There are those who spend all their free time with friends who don’t love God, but then they wonder why they themselves don’t have a heart that desires God.
Don’t let that be you.
The Bible makes it clear “bad company corrupts good morals.” Surround yourself with people that you want to be like. Judging by the fact that you found this article it’s probably safe to say you have a desire to get closer to God.
Surround yourself with people you know are close to God, and limit your time with people that you know aren’t.
Now what I’m not telling you to do is to cut unbelieving friends out of your life. I’m not saying that. But what I am saying is don’t compromise your integrity.
Limit the time you spend with unbelievers and be an example of godly character to them. Which leads us to our next tip.
Tip #5: Pray And Evangelize To Unbelieving Kids
Remember at the top of the page when I said that God made mankind for two reasons?
Well for most of this article we have been covering the first reason, which is to know God. But the second reason is equally as important, and that is to walk in love.
You’re around kids all the time that don’t know Jesus. They may be broken, discouraged, depressed, or just flat out in sin. You have the opportunity to bring Jesus on the scene.
Your school is your mission field.
I can imagine that some of the kids you go to school with have no idea about Jesus, nor do they have a desire for Him. You may be the only person in their life that knows God. Take that role seriously.
If you see someone hurting emotionally or physically, ask if they’re okay and if you can pray for them. If you see kids being mean, kindly correct them and let them know that that isn’t okay. Tell the cafeteria workers and the bus driver that Jesus loves them.
Don’t be afraid to talk about Jesus. Be the light in the darkness.
Tip #6: Watch What You Consume
Technology now days has brought the world to our fingertips. We can learn things by a simple search, order items with a click of a button, and watch countless hours of tv by letting Netflix play the next episode.
Technology has made life convenient, but that doesn’t always mean beneficial.
With the power of technology at our disposal, we need to have an equal amount of responsibility in our stewardship of that technology. In other words, we need to be cautious of what we are letting our eyes and hears focus on.
What we consume is what we will continually think about. And if you and I are not thinking godly thoughts then there is no way we can be truly intimate with Christ.
Consume things that are godly, and you will be godly yourself.
In the simplest of terms, Christ is a Person and if you want to get closer to Him then you have to spend quality time with Him.