Does it sound greedy to say I want more in my life? I suppose I am greedy, but not in the way you might think. Spend a few minutes with me as I explain the “more” that I seek. Some face new years with anticipation while others feel uncertain of what the future may hold. This is understandable since the past two years have been difficult for most of us. We just want some kind of normal back into our lives, but the old normal no longer exists.
How to Draw Closer to God
I determined three areas in which I greedily desire more. I desire to:
- Know more.
- Be more.
- Do more.
1. I desire to know more about the Lord.
The more I dig into God’s Word, the more I learn of His greatness. I discover His character—His faithfulness, compassion, patience, limitless love, and absolute integrity. When we first meet someone, we know them in a superficial way. But the more time we spend together, the more we learn their thoughts, their emotions, their heart. The same is true with God. No matter how many years we have served Him, there will always be more to learn. The key is in I Chronicles 16:11: “Seek his presence continually” (ESV).When we desire more of God, the emphasis changes to how we can deepen our relationship with Him. Click To Tweet
2. I desire to be more like Jesus.
Once I learn God’s character, I must seek to reproduce those same qualities in my life. I cannot truthfully call myself a Christian if I am not Christlike. Do I love like Him? Forgive like Him? Serve like Him? Psalm 25:4–5 (NKJV) tells us: “Show me Your ways, O Lord; lead me in thy truth. . . teach me Your paths.” To delve deeper into this subject, consider reading More like Him.
3. I desire to do more for the Lord.
This is the third step in receiving our “more.” We must first learn about God and then develop those same characteristics in our own lives. Otherwise, all we do becomes just busyness, not service. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23, NKJV). Before we begin seeking our “more,” perhaps we should ask this question: Do I want more from God or more of God? How we answer that question determines the type of our relationship.
If we want more from Him, then we are like those in the Gospels who followed Him only for the loaves and the fishes. The emphasis becomes about us and our desires. But when we desire more of God, the emphasis changes to how we can deepen our relationship with Him. Join me on this journey to discover a life of more. As we travel, we will find we also have more joy, more hope, more peace, and more fulfillment.
Resources and Links
More like Him – James Littles invites us to take a closer look at the process of becoming more like Jesus.
More like Him workbook – This workbook is a small-group study guide based on the book More Like Him.