Door #1 or Door #2
What do you do when you want to go deeper into God’s word or when you want to have a richer experience with God?
I think there are at least two ways this is typically addressed.
#1 – You dive into God’s word. You become very intentional about your devotional time. You seek out God in as many ways as you can think of. Your personal walk with Jesus becomes the most important thing in your life.
# 2 – You can’t figure out where to start. You try a few things but conclude it’s too complicated so you decide I need someone else to do it for me.
Yes, things like small groups, Sunday schools, Sunday sermons are good, they’re just not enough. Please keep doing those things and if you’re not, start. But you’re missing out experiencing a deep personal walk with God.
It’s like asking someone else to eat for you or breathe for you – not a good plan long-term.
Maybe you’ve felt this while listening to a sermon. You think to yourself, “wow, I wish I could hear from God or I wish I could experience Him like pastor does”. Well, you can. God has given you the same spirit He gave your pastor. The same spirit that reveals the things of God.
John 16:13-15 (ESV) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
God did not intend to leave us in the dark after Jesus left. He wanted for us to walk in constant communication with Him. He wants to speak and for you to experience Him personally.
Don’t settle for a secondhand, Jesus. Go after Him yourself. Once you have, you will never want to settle for simply hearing from someone else. You will say just as the people said to the woman at the well, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” – John 4:42 (ESV)