13 Ways to Help You Grow Closer to Christ

No doubt you are looking for answers, possibly a step-by-step guide of how to grow closer to Christ.


I can’t offer that. No one can.


All of these activities are meaningless. I mean it. Not a single one will get you closer to God. Not a single one holds any meaning and will not serve you well if your goal is to close the gap between you and Christ.


Let me explain.


Jesus is very clear about what He is after. He is not after our time, He is not after our schedule, He doesn’t even want us to change our lives. He does not care about the motions.




Our heart changes everything as it controls everything.


If you were to take the Ten Commandments test you may think you passed if you were to judge yourself based upon your outwardly appearance.

I haven’t killed anyone.
I’ve never cheated on my spouse.

I haven’t stolen anything.


 But the Lord judges the heart because it’s the heart that He’s after.


You haven’t killed anyone but you’ve been angry.

You haven’t cheated on your spouse but you’ve had lustful thoughts.

You haven’t stolen anything but you’ve taken what doesn’t belong to you.





It’s the same with our worship, with our time, with our lives. The Lord is not looking for us to “DO THE RIGHT THINGS.” 


Reading your Bible will do you nothing if you don’t know Jesus.

Going to Church is just a good activity if your heart is hard.

These activities are just activities. Going through the motions will do NOTHING.


It’s about your heart.


What are you looking to accomplish? Why did you click on this post? Do you want to BE better? Do you want to be a better Christian? Do you want to stop doing bad things?


Those are the wrong reasons. We shouldn’t try these activities to check something off our list or even try to better ourselves.

As Christians we are called into new life with Him. He doesn’t ask that we do things for Him. He isn’t looking for sacrifices, He has already paid the ultimate sacrifice.

He is looking for us to enjoy Him.


As Christians we are called to explore the depths of His love, to enjoy Him as we were meant to do, as we were created to do.




We were created to walk with Him, to be in communion with Him.


So this isn’t a step-by-step guide. I offer no magic cure, just a promise that has been given to you THROUGH Him.


“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11


“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord” Jeremiah 29-11:14


Seek His heart with your heart and you will find abundance.


13 Ways To Grow Closer to Christ



1.     Read the Bible: seems simple but it’s a great place to start. Walk through a book of the Bible, read a Psalm a day, flip through and start random.


2.     Pray His Words: when I struggle with something I use God’s Words to pray and meditate so that His truth would sink into my soul. {Anxiety}


3.     Memorize His Words: pick a verse that addresses an issue you are having and repeat it to yourself, memorize it “for by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not…”


4.     Write His Words: write out His words and post them where you will see them {i.e. bathroom mirror, wall, cork board, office}.


5.     Listen to His Word: there are plenty of Bible apps that offer readings. When you’re driving, as you’re working out, doing the dishes listen to His Word.


6.     Listen to a Sermon: find a podcast to follow and listen on your phone.



7.     Community Groups: join a group from your church, read the Bible together, share a meal together, pray with one another, do life with one another.


8.     Life Groups: find two or three other women and try and commit to meeting regularly. Encourage one another. Confess sins to one another. Speak truth to one another. Pray for one another. Be vulnerable and open.


9.     Family/Friends: enter Jesus into your conversations with your friends and family, pray for one another, encourage one another.



10. Prayer: speak to God, enter Him into your life.


11. Prayer Journal: write our your prayers, your dialogue with God and see how He answers them.


12. Gratitude List: keep a list of things that you are thankful for, gifts that God has given you to grow your heart in gratitude and thanksgiving. {want more?}


13. Sin Journal: keep a list of sins that you’ve committed, allow the depth of your sin spur your affection for what Jesus did on the cross. {curious, click here}


Sarah is a daughter of the King, saved by His abundant grace, growing in His love. She is a wife, a teacher of little souls, a worship leader, a writer a recovering perfectionist and a lover of shoes.

Her blog —Ark in the Desert— exists to expose the real and raw of her life and heart to help encourage and build up. You can follow her on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook.

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