how to have a deeper relationship with jesus
Start writing a post
Religion

10 Ways To Deepen Your Relationship With Jesus, Starting Today

These simple steps can help improve your faith life!

601
https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-cross-hill-sunset-sunrise-beautiful-easter-morning-panoramic-view-image74116367

As a college student, it can be tough to make time for all the important aspects of your life. Balancing school, family, a social life, work, and extracurriculars can be so demanding that finding time to get further involved in your faith can seem like an overwhelming burden. Having a solid faith foundation can be life-changing, however, and can help eliminate stress and give your life meaning.

Here are 10 simple ways to deepen your faith in your everyday life!

1. Find a church buddy

Going to church can easily become something we say we're going to do but when it actually comes down to it, staying home or sleeping in is an easier option. Whether it be a family member or friend, having someone to go to church with you and hold you accountable can be really motivating and more fun!

2. Read Scripture

Read Scripture is my favorite faith-related app. It's run by a non-profit called "The Bible Project" that makes videos about themes and chapters of the Bible in a way that's simple and easy to understand. They also have a variety of Bible reading plans and study guides for different chapters.

3. Read a Bible verse in the morning

Starting out your day with prayer can be really refreshing and help to get your morning started on the right foot. Websites like verseoftheday.com and others have a daily Bible verse you can read with a short reflection. Reading something that resonates with you early in the day makes you feel motivated and accomplished, and helps you grow closer to God.

4. Read a chapter of one of the Gospels every day

Sometimes knowing exactly who God is can be confusing, but luckily he revealed himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ. All of the accounts of Jesus on Earth are in the four Gospels in the New Testament, so starting off by reading these can give you a good glimpse into who God is, and it is a solid place to start if you're intimidated by the Bible.

5. Incorporates your interests into your faith life

Faith can seem distant and uninteresting to some, but a key to developing a sold faith life is to use your interests and passions to deepen your motivation to learn more about God. Whether that means finding new Christian music on Spotify, reading interesting books about God or people involved in their faith, or something else, finding faith-related activities or interests that you enjoy can give your faith a new meaning in your life.

6. Let go of past guilt

In order to fully embrace developing a relationship with God, it's imperative to let go of the idea of guilt. For me personally, I never got involved with my faith for a while because every time I would mess up, forget to go to church or pray, or do something I knew I shouldn't, I would become discouraged and not feel worthy to have a relationship with Jesus. It was so encouraging to find out that it's quite the opposite! Jesus literally said, "I have come not to call the righteous but sinners" (Mark 2:17). Sinning does not define you, and slipping up sometimes is part of human nature and should never discourage you from diving deeper into your faith.

7. Talk to God every day in a way that feels right to you

Praying as often as you can is a great way to deepen your relationship with Jesus. A big misconception, however, is that this has to be through speaking or praying internally to God. I express myself more clearly through writing, for example, so when I pray I write to God on my laptop or phone. Listening to music, meditating, reading, drawing, or speaking to God are all great ways to pray.

8. Listen to God

Equally as important as praying to God is listening to God. Another misconception is that this means listening for God to speak literal words to you or send you an obvious sign, because that's not what happens 99% of the time. Listening to God is usually just noticing how God is present in your everyday life, whether that be through friends, in nature, in a meaningful movie you just watched, or anything else. The more you begin to look for God in the everyday, the more you'll feel his presence in your life.

9. Find a church you connect to

Attending a church service on Sunday helps fuel you up for the rest of the week, and gives you practical ways to incorporate faith in your everyday life. To deepen your faith, its important to find a church that resonates with you, no matter what denomination that may be. Church can vary so much depending on the type of service or Christian denomination, so trying out different churches is a good way to find out what's right for your faith.

10. Find role models for your faith life

Finding Christians who inspire you and who practice what they preach is a good way to make you feel inspired, and gives you something to look up to. This can be anything from a friend, a celebrity, or anyone else whose faith life inspires you. My grandma, Bethany Hamilton, Jess and Gabriel Conte, and my youth minister are just some people whose faith motivates me in my life.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

192392

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

1644403

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

1030602
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series

935165
Netflix

Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

611186
Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

393656
Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?

505241

Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments