It’s not about your feeling close with God, it’s not about how many times you go to church or how many souls you convert, our sin has been paid by Christ he has drawn us near.
The joy of the amazing grace, is that God is always faithful and his love is steadfast :)
from the quote of E. Stanley Jones
If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.
Praying is not about making God adheres to our will, God is still God, the ruler of the universe. He’s not a genie who will grant your wish, instead it’s a form of communications between Him and us. Even Jesus when he prayed before he was crucified his prayer was “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22)
Not my will, but yours Lord :)
It’s not about a quick dash of spiritual boost, it’s not about a sprint of church activity, it’s not about a rush of good deeds. It’s about faithfulness.
Can you still put your faith in Jesus in dark times, will you still go back to Him when you walk away?
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Who says that christian will have a successful and rich life? Who says that christian will live in abundance of money?
Who says that christian will never suffer?
If even our God suffered, and asked us to carry our own cross, how can we expect for no suffering?
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
(Matthew 16:24-25 ESV)