Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.James 4:8
James reminds us of a simple Bible truth that was the experience of people throughout history as recorded in the Bible. When Abraham expressed a desire to get to know God then God responded and the Scriptures say that God referred to Abraham as His friend. How amazing to consider that the sovereign of the universe would find friendship with someone here on earth and long before any Scriptures were recorded.
Jesus showed what was necessary to draw close to God. He encouraged us to be honest and fair in our dealings. When tax collectors listened to Jesus, they were moved to refund monies that they had fraudulently obtained. Such was the power of the Christian message that it changed the lives of people. Millions of people have responded to the genuine Christian message today and it has had a powerful effect.
Today there are many pseudo-Christian religions that blend together a mix of pagan tradition and Christian tradition. Even in the modern day pseudo-Christian religions have appeared with an emphasis on powerful works just as Jesus foretold when he spoke of many who would point to their works when he returns in kingdom power. [Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?] The Bible tells us that Jesus will say to such ones “I never knew you.” Jesus is not impressed with powerful works but with genuine faith.
The Shepherd David was the youngest of the sons of Jesse. He would spend lonely evenings tending sheep as a shepherd. He looked into the heavens and he composed songs as he observed the myriad of stars that he saw in the night sky. He exercised faith in God. When it was time to select a new king for Israel then God chose this David to be the King David and father of Solomon. David became part of the family line that would ultimately lead to Jesus. Yahuway God observed his faith and rewarded it with friendship and blessings. NOTE God’s Personal Name is Yahuwah [pronounced Ya-Hu-Way] and is often represented as Jehovah in English. Jehovah is a mistranslation of the name that has become widely used. It is time for an enlightened society to respectfully use God’s name again.
Faith is the important quality. When you draw close to God and exercise faith in him then He draws close to you and you receive blessings and a close relationship with God. It is not the hours that you spend telling others about God that makes you somebody important. It is not the works that you accomplish. It is living a clean and upright life because you have faith in God and you want to please your heavenly Father. When Christ returns and there is a genuine revelation of truth this will be abundantly obvious. Do not be misled by pseudo-Christianity based around works but rather build faith in God and trust Him.