Answering the call of God isn’t enough. It is only the start of your Christian journey. If you want to know how to develop a closer, more intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father, you need to read this.
Have you seen a man who is courting a woman?
Do you notice how much that man would do almost anything just to be with her?
Can you imagine how that man grabs every effort to know the love of her life, spends time with her, and get to know more about her?
Whether you are in a relationship or not, I know you have an idea what happens when a man tries to get the sweet “yes” of his lady.
Now, I want you to think about this:
What if you have the same zeal and passion when building a close relationship with Yahweh, your Creator?
The reason why God called you
We have read in the previous chapters how God called us and why we must respond immediately to His call.
However, have you ever asked yourself, “Why would God call you? Call you to do what?”
Christ called His disciples and the disciples answered that call.
What’s the purpose of Yahshua calling Peter, John, James, Andrew, Phillip, and the rest of the disciples?
Is it to make them a slave? Is it to simply make them an instrument to fulfill a selfish purpose?
When Yahshua said, “Follow Me,” He was inviting the disciples to live closer to Him.
Jesus wanted them to get more acquainted with Him. He wanted to foster an intimate relationship with them and this would only be possible if these individuals spend more time with Yahshua.
More than just accepting the call of God
There’s a reason why God has called you.
He wants to build a closer relationship with you. He is inviting you to become His child and Him as your Father.
It is NEVER enough to just accept the call of God. Responding to God’s call means you are willing to take the necessary steps to get closer to your Creator.
Like a man who courts his lady, you also need to spend more time with God in order for your relationship to flourish.
I have NOT seen a relationship that has grown stronger without people investing in it.
It never works that way.
If you want to get closer to God, you must diligently seek Him.
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A willingness to know
As you answer God’s calling in your life and start running the Christian race, it is understandable that you don’t know everything.
There are things that you already know, but there are also things that you will eventually understand.
The same is true with the disciples of Yahshua. They didn’t learn everything overnight and certainly; it takes a lifetime to learn more about God.
Take the example of Philip.
For about three years, Philip has been with Christ along with the other disciples. He has personally listened to Christ’s teachings and instructions.
We read one incident where Philip’s willingness to learn more has been evident. He asked Yahshua to reveal unto them the Father.
We read in John 14:7-11:
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?
He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
Like any of us, there are things we probably don’t readily understand. Christ just mentioned that if they have seen Him, they have also seen the Father.
With a zeal to know MORE truth and understand the nature of God the Father, Philip mustered enough courage to ask, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
He asked not just for himself, but also for others to hear the answer.
As a result, Christ explained further what He meant with His earlier statement. Philip and the Apostles were able to learn more about the relationship between Yahshua and God the Father.
For Philip, it is of great importance to know about the Father. Jesus has mentioned, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Now that Philip already knew the way, he wanted to know where that way is leading.
Like any earthly relationship, we would like to know more about the one whom we want to get in a relationship with. In the same manner, Philip, in his desire to know more about the Heavenly Father, also asked about Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Not enough to be just a disciple
During the ministry of Christ, He called 12 men to be His disciples.
However, not all of the disciples are equal. Some of them stood out. Some are closer to Yahshua than the rest.
I’m referring to Peter, James, and John.
These disciples were different. We read in the Bible that Peter, James, and John were specially mentioned on various occasions in Yahshua’s time. They are present in situations where the other disciples are not available.
We read some of these instances in:
- Mark 1:29
- Mark 5:37
- Matthew 17:1
- Matthew 26:37
- Luke 5:10
- Mark 13:3
- Luke 9:54
- Matthew 20:20-23
- and John 21:2.
My point is clear: everyone has the ability to go the extra mile and move EVEN closer to God. There were 12 disciples of Yahshua, but three of them were closer to Him.
For Peter, James, and John, it is not enough to simply be a disciple. They gave it all to be closer to God.
In this same way, it is not enough to simply be part of God’s church. You also need to make sure that you go above and beyond what’s expected from you.
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Let each day brings you closer to God
God has called us to be His children and Him, as our Father.
It is His greatest desire that we come to the knowledge of the truth and know Him better each passing day.
It is not enough to simply answer the call of God. Actually, it is just the beginning of your journey.
May we all have the zeal and passion to be God’s children.
It is our Christian duty as well to read the Bible and learn more about our Father in heaven. The more we learn of God, the more we can develop a deeper relationship with Him. Through prayer, Bible study, meditation, and occasional fasting, we move even closer to our Heavenly Father.