~Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Do you truly want to be close to God in this new year? First of all, there is only one way to be close to God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Only Christ’s shed blood on the cross forgives us of our sins. The Old Testament saints looked “forward” to the cross and knew that their Messiah would redeem them. They knew that their own works would not draw them any close to God. They looked forward to a better hope!
We, on the other hand, look “back” to the cross and know that nothing we do or say will bring us salvation, let alone draw us closer to God.
~Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Our hope is in Christ Jesus! He is the only way to a close relationship with the Heavenly Father. People claim to have this relationship – but do they really? What, exactly, is involved in their relationship? Is it their good works? Is it the money they tithe? These things are good but they don’t earn us an audience with God. The only thing that will get us closer to God is His Son! Nothing more … nothing less … nothing else!
~James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Cleansing and purifying our hearts can only be done by Jesus Christ’s blood. And thus, this devotional leads back to the first verse! Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you!