Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Certainly, every believer should have a desire to get close to God. Since I was a young man, I have had a great desire to be close to God. Now, you must understand that closeness to God is not predicated on you being someone special, but on God’s promise to be close if you do what it takes to be close to Him. Every believer has the right to be close to God, and if you are not close to Him, that does not jeopardize your salvation; however, you will never enjoy life to its fullest until you are walking close to the God who saved you. So, how do we draw near to God?
First, you draw near to God by having a true heart. In other words, your heart must be solely focused on God. God will not share His presence with another. God often chided Israel because they tried to walk with God and the world at the same time. You cannot be close to God and let something take the place of God in your heart. What is the place that God wants in your heart? God wants first place in your heart. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” You cannot have a true heart and let something take God’s place. Whatever takes God’s place in your heart may not be sinful in itself, but it becomes sinful when it takes His place. You will never be close to God until He has first place in your heart.
Second, you draw near to God by living by faith. You cannot please God unless you live by faith. Romans 14:23 says, “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” You should step out by faith if you truly want to get close to God. When you look at the Scriptures, those who were close to God were those who attempted great feats of faith. Abraham, Noah, David, and Daniel were all great heroes of the faith, but all stepped out by faith and were known to be close to God. You cannot be close to God without attempting great feats for God by faith.
Third, you draw near to God by keeping a right mind towards others. The verse above says, “…having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience…” Evil is doing wrong with the intent to hurt others; therefore, I cannot be close to God and not be right in my heart with others. It doesn't matter if others are right with you; they cannot determine whether you are right with them. If you want to be close to God, you would be wise to make sure everything in your heart is right with others.
Fourth, you draw near to God by living a holy life. The verse above concludes by saying, “…and our bodies washed with pure water.” You cannot be close to God and live in sin at the same time. Until you live a holy life, you will always feel distant from God and dissatisfied with life.
The key to making these things happen is simply to get in the yoke with God to serve Him. These things become natural results when you start serving God. If I am doing these things, I am close to God even if I don’t feel like it because God promised we would be close to Him if we do these things. Always remember that you don't have to feel like you are close to God to be close to Him, but you are close to God when you do what He says to be close to Him.