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Closer Still

Closer still. Closer still.

Jesus, come closer still.

We are nothing without you.
Come and have your way.
Invade this place, invade my heart.

James writes to First-century Christians about drawing near to God and turning from earthly ways. He hits on the importance of humility and rejecting self-seeking pleasure, particularly in our petitions to God. “…you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure” (James 4:2b-3 NLT).

Further down, he writes, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world” (James 4:7-8 NLT).

This has been a theme in my life, and I image it has been in yours as well in some way or another, because this is so foundational to being a disciple of Jesus; turning from our worldly ways, our old selves, and aligning our hearts with God’s as we partner with what He’s doing and calling us to. And when we bring petitions to the Lord, it’s not so much about getting what we want as it is about partnering with him in what he’s doing and wanting what he wants for us.

This phrase, “closer still”, has been on my heart lately. As I was singing in the prayer room this morning, my heart was drawn back to this phrase and sort of dance with the Lord that accompanies it:

Come, come. Have your way.
Heaven, invade this place.
Heaven, invade my heart.

Closer still. Closer still.

Jesus, come closer still.

As we draw near to God, he will draw near to us. As we put off the things of the world, he will come closer. Not forgetting that God, through Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit, dwells INSIDE of us, he draws near to us. Closer still. Closer still. He is in us, yet he comes close, covers us, fills us, with his presence – in us, through us, around us, over us. The question is, “Are we living our lives, in all we say and do, in a way that draws us closer to God and invites him to draw “closer still”?”

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2 NLT).

Come, come. Have your way.
On earth as it is in heaven.
Earth as it is, in heaven.

Come, come. Have your way.
Closer still. Closer still.
Jesus, come closer still.

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