3 Ways to Grow Closer to Christ and Find Your Purpose!
Growing up, the knives in my family kitchen were always dull. My momma had a fear of cutting herself while cooking, so she never let my dad sharpen any of our cutlery. While she was very content with having to deal with the dull utensils, my sister and I always complained.
It was always difficult to cut through vegetables and fruits, getting even slices was out of the question, and prepping food always took way longer than it should! In the end, cooking with the un-sharpened knives was very frustrating, time consuming, and led to sub-par results.
Sometimes in life, we ourselves can be just like those dull knives!
When we refuse to sharpen ourselves, attempts at fulfilling God’s purpose in our life can be frustrating and seem a little hopeless. It can take longer than necessary and give us results that don’t turn out exactly as we’d hoped.
You may have been struggling with something like this lately. Maybe you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your relationship with God. He feels distant and you don’t know how to get close to Him again.
Or maybe you’ve been feeling a little lost in life, not knowing your purpose and wondering why God isn’t helping you achieve what you think you’re meant to do.
As children of God, this is why it’s so so important to continuously be growing in the Lord!
When we do this, it’s like sharpening a knife and equipping ourselves to do the work He has called us to do! Also, when we’re closer to Him we can more easily hear what He wants to tell us.
Sometimes we get comfortable with where we’re at in our walk and don’t want to do a little extra work. Or maybe we use our busy schedules as an excuse to keep growing. These can be sneaky little sins that start developing in our hearts little by little and they can make it sooo easy to knock God off of His rightful throne!
So if this is you, you might be asking, “But how?” How do I sharpen myself and grow my relationship with God?
1. Read Your Bible
The first step is getting in the Word. Picking up your Bible every day and soaking up all the goodness and guidance that God has packed into each page specifically for us.He gave it to us for a reason, so we’ve gotta use it!
Hebrews 4:12 says that “the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.” What better way to sharpen ourselves than by using the sharpest tool of them all?
Also, we're told in Matthew 4:4 that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God’s Word is essential for a Christian life and will guide us on how to live it! This ties in to finding your purpose. If you're constantly learning more about the Lord, allowing Him to teach you how to live the life He has planned for you, then discovering what He made you to do will become easier than you ever thought!
You may have been doing this before, but got out of the habit. However, you may have never known exactly how to reap all the benefits of the Bible and how to study it to the fullest. If you can relate to that, then I encourage you to check out my post "How I Changed My Bible Study from Lackluster to Life Giving: Make Reading the Bible Fun!"
In it, I outline awesome ways to upgrade your bible study and make digging into the Word fun and something you'll look forward to everyday!
Another great way to get in the Word is to use devotionals! I love reading devotionals particularly because they help me easily fit bible study time into my busy schedule!
We all can relate to not having enough time to dig deep into the Bible everyday, so we think if we aren't spending 30 minutes to an hour then we can't do it at all. But that's just not true, my friend! Incorporating a short amount of time-- just 5-10 minutes-- (YES, only 5-10 minutes!) to read a devotional can be a great alternative on your busiest days. That's how much time it takes my straightener to heat up in the morning!
My favorite devotional is Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. There's a devotional for each day of the year, and they're all one to two paragraphs long with accompanying Bible verses. The passages are written from the perspective of Jesus as if He's talking to you Himself, which I loveeee.
It takes me 10 minutes max to read through, and it always hits me right where I need it! Get it here and start incorporating it into your morning routine!
2. Pray Everyday
The next move, which is equally as important as the first, is to pray pray pray! Praying is our direct communication line with Christ!
In Matthew 26:41 it says, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We must pray every day in order to stay close to God; otherwise, our flesh could cause us to slip away from his presence.
Also, asking God directly for guidance and praying specifically over the revelation of our purpose in life is a huge way that you can discover what God has called you to do! The bible tells us to ask and it will be given to us (Matthew 7:7), so pray over your purpose and He will surely show you, my friend!
If you’ve been struggling with prayer lately, like maybe you don’t know exactly how to pray or you need a little encouragement, then I’ve put together a great resource for you! It's a free prayer guide with a complete outline of how to structure your prayers, as well as a few pre-written prayers for when you just don't know what to say!
Talking with the Lord shows Him that we desire to have Him near. Praying everyday helps us grow closer with God, just as talking with other humans allows us to grow friendships!
3. Seek Christian Fellowship
Speaking of friendships, another way to continuously grow in Christ is to surround yourself with Christian friends and accountability partners!
What’s an accountability partner? It’s someone who can hold you accountable for your walk with God. They can ask you how you’re doing with your daily Bible reading, offer to pray with you, and encourage you to do what’s right in the Lord!
If you don’t have any Christian friends or want to make more, your church is a great place to start! Get involved in your youth, college or young adult groups. Other options include faith-based ministries/extracurricular groups at your school or university and there are even some great online communities where you can get plugged-in!
An easy place to start is my online community Strong Tower Ministries! Join the email list to become a Strong Tower sister and get weekly encouragement from me in your inbox, as well as a monthly devotional. I'd love to be your friend! Plus, you’ll get instant access to my full resource library!
I also love following Christian blogs, particularly on social media! There are some awesome Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts just for Godly women posting great Biblical encouragement and guidance everyday. You can comment, follow, and message other followers in order to create some great Christian relationships!
It might be a little scary if you have to go to a new Bible study group alone, or be the first to send out an Instagram DM to a potential new friend, but be brave and put yourself out there! Introduce yourself to the first person you see and watch God do the rest.
Christian friends are such blessings that can strengthen your faith and keep you walking the right path with God. The bible says “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Friends of shared faith were meant for sharpening ourselves and growing in God!
I challenge you to start (or re-start!) doing these three things, as well as using the resources I mentioned! If you start incorporating God’s Word, prayer, and Christian friends into your everyday life, then you’ll see an immense change in your walk with the Lord!
Don't be a dull knife. Strive to grow closer to Him and sharpen yourself to do the work of His Kingdom!
Yours in Christ,
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” Proverbs 27:9