Daily Devotional
 
By Jon Swanson
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Come Closer
Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8
 
I had a great day on the trail this week. I jogged farther than I have jogged in over a year. I don’t need to tell you how far I went. For some it would seem only a short distance. For others it might be quite impressive. The point is I set a goal that I believed would help me move toward getting in better shape. I achieved that goal.
As believers, none of us have it all together spiritually. There is always room for improvement. So I began to think – my spiritual health is at least as important as my physical health. What goals am I setting to make sure I grow in my relationship with God. The goal I set should be the goal God desires for me. After all, God knows better than me where I should be headed and what it will take for me to get there.
How about you? What type of goals have you set recently? Have any of them been spiritual goals? In what way is God inviting you to draw closer to him? I am pretty sure God is inviting YOU to draw closer to him in some way. God’s invitation is unique to who you are and where He wants you to go. Will you respond?
 
Think about it…
If you reflect, pray and perhaps spend some time in the scripture, you just might feel a nudge to strive for a particular spiritual goal.
Here are some possible goals: • Read the Bible regularly. -Psalm 119:105-112 • Memorize Scripture. -Psalm 119:11 • Join a small group. -Acts 28:30-31 • Have a family devotion time. -Deuteronomy 6:5-9 • Attend church consistently. -Hebrews 10:25 • Set aside time for you and God. -Psalm 46:10 • Find an accountability partner as you follow through on your goals. -Proverbs 27:17
 
Don’t simply pick a goal from the list above. Take time to pray about where you are in your spiritual journey at the moment, where God would like you to go, and the path HE might desire for you get there. The specific goal God desires for you at this moment may not even be on this list! Surrendering to Christ, Greg