The Secret of a Closer Relationship with Jesus

The Secret of a Closer Relationship with Jesus

Living with the Rose

A Persian fable says, one day
A wanderer found a piece of clay
So redolent of sweet perfume,
Its odor scented all the room.
“What are thou?” was the quick demand.
“Art thou some gem of Samarkand,
Or spikenard rare in odd disguise?
Or other costly merchandise?”
“Nay, I am but a piece of clay.”
“Then, whence this wondrous sweetness, pray?”
“Friend, if the secret I disclose,
I have been living with the rose.”

Christians are supposed to try to be like Jesus–living as He would, acting as He would, speaking as He would, and even thinking as He would. But how do we accomplish that? How can we be more like Him? As in the Persian fable, it comes from living close to Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Many of us do spend time with the Lord, but how much quality time do we spend with Him, where we shut out the business of the day and give Him our full attention, communing with Him, enjoying Him, and getting to know Him better in order to become more like Him? If we don’t, no matter how many good qualities we possess or how dynamic we are or how dedicated we are, no matter how good we are with people or what else we may have going for us, if we’re not spending time with Jesus, we’re not going to be a very good reflection of Him or His love to others.

The dictionary defines “communion” as “a feeling of emotional or spiritual closeness, a connection.” So communing with Jesus means to make an emotional and spiritual connection with Jesus. Praise, prayer, and reading God’s Word are all ways of making and sustaining that connection. These are the lifeblood of our spiritual lives, the most vital ingredient in our walk with the Lord–prayer, praise, and the Word.

Many of us tend to pick up the pace when our workloads and responsibilities increase, and that leads to more stress. Taking time off and relaxing alone or with family or friends can help relieve the pressure, but friends or family or time alone can’t give us what Jesus can.

The surest way to complete and lasting renewal–in fact, the only way–is to spend time with Jesus.

Hobbies can also be relaxing and fun, but if we’re not careful, they can actually contribute to the problem by taking time away from the essentials, including the most essential–taking time with the Lord. That’s a common mistake people make–filling every spare moment with more “busyness,” when the Lord wants them to take that time with Him.

The surest way to complete and lasting renewal–in fact, the only way–is to spend time with Jesus. We need His love and strength and wisdom, and the only way we can get those is by spending time with Him.

But carving out time from your daily schedule is no guarantee that you’re going to get closer to the Lord; it’s what you do with that time that counts. You need to get still, empty your mind of the business of the day, and let the Lord fill you with positive, encouraging, strengthening, faith-building thoughts from His recorded and living Word.

Jesus said the requirement for a fruitful life is abiding in Him. “Abide in Me, and I in you” (John 15:4). “Abiding in Jesus” means staying connected with Him by taking time to read His Word and pray and listen to Him.

It’s easy to let prayer become a formality, but one thing that can help you avoid that is to think of the Lord as the Friend, Counselor, and Lover that He wants to be to you. As someone once said, “The more one loves Jesus, the more he delights to be with Jesus alone. Lovers love to be alone.”

But the Lord won’t force Himself on you. He waits to see how much you are willing to abandon all other distractions in order to put Him first. If you have Him in first place, then you will see and feel His power and help in your life beyond what you ever imagined!

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21 Comments

  1. carly
    February 21, 2013, 3:00 pm   /  Reply

    #inspirational love it

  2. stephy
    August 19, 2013, 10:28 pm   /  Reply

    Just what i was meditating on this morning! GOD bless you!

  3. helen bankole
    July 13, 2014, 9:37 pm   /  Reply

    Am mightily blessed by this devotion this morning. I have Always desired to love and be like Jesus,thanks for this enlightenment God bless you I JN

    • Abraham
      December 19, 2016, 2:40 pm   /  Reply

      I want more encouragement

      • Chrispen Saruchera
        May 7, 2017, 10:17 pm   / 

        I am new to this site and I want to be close to the Lord.
        I also want to learn more and more prayers to fight the devil and his forces of darkness.

        God bless.

    • Abraham
      December 19, 2016, 2:42 pm   /  Reply

      Plz pray for me

  4. Deborah Butler
    September 16, 2014, 8:12 am   /  Reply

    I love this devotional! I look up each verse, and then the cross reference for each one! I learn way more that way! Thank you so much!

    • Abraham
      December 19, 2016, 2:41 pm   /  Reply

      I am Abraham i want more encouragement plz pray for me

  5. dennis padget
    September 18, 2014, 9:23 am   /  Reply

    I’m new to this site but I find it quite fascinating,it really leaves one with something to meditate on. I hope to learn more as I continue down this path.

  6. gail
    October 23, 2014, 3:10 am   /  Reply

    I am so happy I discovered this lovely app. And its especially good to know I can share thoughts and ask questions. I have a relationship with the Lord for many years now.. What I truly can say is the longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows…amen…God bless

  7. Edgardo
    October 26, 2014, 3:21 am   /  Reply

    Bless us oh Lord, to keep on trying to be like YOU.
    We love YOU JESUS!

  8. alissa
    November 3, 2014, 7:26 am   /  Reply

    Dear lord i pray to you today to forgive me for my sins. I have said harsh words to thoose i love, judged people and placed myself above them. I pray to you to give me the strength not to quickly judge, for patience and kindness. I pray to you for strenegth to be a better person. Amen

  9. Simon T.
    December 19, 2014, 3:54 am   /  Reply

    Lord JESUS CHRIST, I believe and trust in you all the days of my life.

  10. February 22, 2015, 6:38 am   /  Reply

    GOD IS GREAT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR
    your uplifting MESSAGE.IT IS A REMINDER
    TO ALWAYS FOCUS ON GODS KINGDOM.
    OUR MISSION IS TO HAVE HIS PERFECT PEACE
    AND PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. MOSHE L.

  11. Elizabeth
    March 18, 2015, 12:23 pm   /  Reply

    I am truly bless with this words of encouragement an eye opener for me. Praise be to God almighty for his everlasting love an mercies. Amen

  12. Anna
    October 12, 2015, 9:13 am   /  Reply

    GOD is great. Thank you dear LORD

  13. Martin
    November 25, 2015, 10:47 pm   /  Reply

    This is inspirational and a reminder. Thank God for the life of the author.

  14. linda king
    November 30, 2015, 7:36 pm   /  Reply

    Thank u Lord for this ministry. I’m coming closer with the Lord day by day.Glory Hallaluh

  15. December 7, 2015, 2:51 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for this awesome app. I read my devotions everyday. However, some are more powerful than others. This devotional really made me think, I’m not doing all I can to be like Jesus, but today that is going to change. Thank you father for showing me the way. I am blessed beyond measure. I love you Jesus so much. I will follow your word all the days of my life. I can do all things thru Christ whom strenghtens me phil. 4:13. Glory be to God Amen.

  16. February 4, 2017, 9:04 pm   /  Reply

    I really blessed ….

  17. Ebifemere Emilius
    February 28, 2017, 10:28 am   /  Reply

    Thanks so much for this great insight for putting God frist in all l do.ls a great one U have made my day.

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