Drawing Closer to God is a Matter of Choice
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
We are the ones that comes to God.
When they were following the Lord Jesus Christ, why were James and John close to Jesus Christ (one was on the left, the other was on on the right), and why did the other apostles envy them and were jealous of their closeness to Jesus Christ?
Who Made the Choice?
It was John and James’s choice to be close to the Lord. All the apostles had that access, but they never made that effort to become close to the Lord, as John and James did.
That’s why He said, “Draw nigh to me, and I will draw nigh to thee,” (James 4:8). It’s not I will draw nigh to you, so you can draw nigh to me. No, it is not. It is “Draw nigh to me, and I will draw nigh to you. Become closer to me, and I will be closer to you.” It’s your choice. You have access to that choice of becoming closer to God.
Now, you can tell the whole world by a testimony, saying “I am closest to the Lord.” But who made you close to the Lord? You! It was not the Lord who made the effort to come to you and cater to you. Many people are like that, they want the Lord to be the one following them.
When it comes to the Father Almighty and our service to Him, it is our choice to be as close to Him as we wish.
Today, we can do that because there is an Appointed Son. How do you treat the Son is how you treat the Father (John 5:23). So, if you want to be closer to the Father, be close to the Son. And then learn about what the Son wants, what the Son likes, and that is how you treat the Father also. Because He that honoureth the Son, honoureth the Father also.
“Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” (James 4:8)
It is your move.
Draw nigh unto the Father through prayer. You have to have your own personal prayer life because communicating with the Father makes you draw nigh to Him.