We cannot come to Christ unless the Father draws us, nor can we understand deep spiritual truths apart from the Holy Spirit. Scripture tells us God stirs and quickens us, transforms us, and births love and passion within our hearts. What’s more, in our own strength, none of us will ever love God as we should. Only He can spark within us a desire for Him and the things of Him.
That said, there’s much we can do to cooperate with Him. First, we can ask Him to increase our love for Him, His people, and truth. By stating this to our friends, we invite them to pray for the same thing, and this is a prayer God loves to answer. Second, we can intentionally and consistently draw near to Him. You may have heard the phrase: Whatever we feed grows and what we starve dies.
This is especially true in regard to our spirituality. The more we placate the cries of our soul with temporary fillers and distractions, the more we’ll crave those things until our lives are filled with a series of Netflix sequels and an unending social media feed. However, the converse occurs as well. The more we draw near to God through Bible reading, praise, and prayer, the more we experience His life-giving Spirit flowing in and then through us, the more we’ll long for His presence. Time with Him has a tendency to increase our hunger for Him and the things of Him. And isn’t that what we all want—to experience intimacy with the One who knows us fully, loves us deeply, and wants to be known in return?
There are a lot of ways we can accurately describe our relationship with God. While attempting to encapsulate this rich and at times abstract concept to others might feel intimidating, may we focus not on our perceived limitations but instead God’s power and Spirit within, knowing the best part of our relationship is simply this: We no longer have to live, speak, and act alone. We have the ever-present, all-powerful God moving and equipping us to share His love with a broken, hurting, and hungry world.
As you seek to explain what life was like prior to your conversion, why you need and desire Christ so desperately, how you experience Him daily, and how and why this sacred encounter is so unlike any other you’ve experienced, may you rest in the confidence of knowing God will use your words to speak life into deadened hearts. But don’t feel you must express yourself perfectly, or even present a perfect image of faith. Simply be honest and real and trust God to fill in any gaps.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of the Cultivating a Thankful Heart Bible Reading Plan, Hometown Healing and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she’s passionate about helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. Visit her online to learn more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter HERE and make sure to connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
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