Over the past few years, my relationship with God would go shallow really quickly. Now, I convinced myself that I was a deep Christian, but I was spending less sustained time in prayer or reading the Bible. I also found that my thoughts weren’t on Jesus too much, and I often wasn’t finding my worth in Him. I became dissatisfied with the depth of my relationship with Jesus. I kept making promises to myself that I would go deeper. Finally, I decided I wanted to go deeper.
Now, I don’t have this one completely figured out. I still struggle a lot. I want to share three signs I’ve found though of a deeper relationship with Jesus. I will also say, these are not the only signs of a deep relationship with Jesus. However, these do have something to do with your relationship with Jesus. These three will begin to show up more and more in your life as you grow into a deeper relationship with Him.
1. Obedience is a sign of a deep relationship with Jesus. There is no way around this one. Now, you can be obedient without having a deep relationship with Jesus. You can be obedient strictly out of law, and that is called legalism. But you can’t have a deep relationship with Jesus and not be obedient to Him. You can know lots of facts about Jesus, sound very spiritual to other people, but Jesus says the people who know Him are the ones who do His will. This isn’t easy. Obedience means choosing a cross over yourself. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like dying to myself. It isn’t easy. You’re not deep if you’re not obedient.
2. Desiring time with Jesus is a sign of a deep relationship with Jesus. When we desire time with Jesus, it says we are going deeper with Him. Now, this one is sometimes tricky. We want to desire Jesus. A few common phrases in culture today are “you just fall in love”, “make sure it feels right for you” and “do whatever makes you happy.” When we view our relationship with Jesus strictly from these vantage points, it is likely we’re not going to go really deep with Him. The reason I say that is there are times when you just don’t desire time with Jesus. I don’t desire vegetables when I wake up. I do find that the more I eat vegetables, the more I like them. I think desiring time with Jesus can be like that. Sometimes, you have to force feed yourself until you have an appetite.
3. Becoming more like Jesus is a sign of a deep relationship with Jesus. I became dissatisfied with the depth of my relationship with Jesus. I kept making promises to myself that I would go deeper. If we are only obedient for the sake of obedience, we won’t become more like Jesus. If we desire time with Jesus, but don’t give ourselves time with Jesus, we most likely won’t become more like Jesus. But if we continually seek Jesus, we will gradually become more like Jesus.
Which area do you find to be the most difficult in your relationship with Jesus? What are some other signs of a deep relationship with Him?