By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
December 31, 2012|9:19 am

Philippians 3:12-21

No matter where you are in your walk with Christ, it's never too late to begin pursuing a deeper relationship with Him. Whether you're already passionate about Jesus or know Him only on a surface level, everyone is welcome to join Paul and "press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14). To get started, follow these six steps:

Study Scripture. No one can know God apart from His Word since He speaks to us through it, revealing who He is and what He does.

Be willing to spend time alone with the Lord in prayer, meditation, and worship. One of the biggest reasons Christians don't have a close relationship with Jesus is that they're unwilling to invest the time needed to get to know Him intimately.

Trust the Lord. The depth of any relationship depends on the level of trust.

Obey Him. As we take each step of obedience, God reveals more of Himself.

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Observe how Christ works in your life. By paying attention to how the Lord operates, you'll become familiar with His ways and goals.

Make Jesus your top priority. Be willing to lay aside anything that competes with your loyalty and devotion to Him.

Knowing Christ intimately is an attainable goal. The key is persistence, so forget past failures and press on. Find an example to follow. My grandfather's relationship with Jesus was the inspiration for my journey of intimacy with Christ. I knew if he had that kind of relationship with Jesus, so could I.

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