There were a lot of people in the Bible who found themselves CLOSE TO GOD and it changed their lives forever!
JOSEPH – started his life as a slave and then a prisoner … only to become Pharaoh’s right hand man! He had the right proximity!
MOSES – was leading a bunch of sheep when God told him, “No more sheep, it is time to lead.” He leads God’s people toward the promised land.
GIDEON – was just a farmer when God called him to lead Israel in freedom from the Midianites.
ESTHER – she was just a slave when God called her to rescue her people from being slaughtered.
MARY – the mother of Jesus. She was not chosen because of her good looks or stature in the community – she was just a peasant girl who would give birth to the Messiah.
MATTHEW – was a tax collector. Most people could not stand them. But he became 1 of the 12 disciples and wrote 1 of the Gospels.
DAVID – a shepherd, a boy. But God used him to defeat Goliath. And this unlikely hero would eventually become King! In 1 Samuel 13:14 the Bible says about David, “The Lord sought out a man after his own heart.”
You see, what these 7 people had in common was their PROXIMITY, not their perfection. That’s why these ordinary people were able to do extraordinary things – they found a closeness to God! Our proximity to God is vital for our relationship with God to continue to grow! The reality is that you and I were created to have relationship with God – a closeness to him. Adam and Eve had that unique, original design for relationship with God! Our God wants us to have that again … to get in his radar … to be more than just a blip that shows up every so often …
Let me ask you a question: If God was where you are right here, right now, what would you be doing? Move toward him today!