A common saying in my church and in many Christian circles is the following:
“Take One Step Toward God and He Takes Two Steps Toward You”
Many a Christian believes this is a quote from the Bible, but is it? I know that the Bible verse James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (NKJV) So while the concept is Biblical, the actual quote is not. Furthermore, there is an anoymous Indian proverb that states:
And here is another version:
So, while the actual quote is not Biblical, I think we could agree that if we draw near to God (take one step), He will draw near (take two, or three or seven steps) to us. But let’s take it one step further (pun intended ;-). How is it that we can draw near to God? The only way we can draw near to God is if we yield to the calling of the Holy Spirit, and that invitation can only be initiated by God through His son Jesus Christ. We see this through the words of Christ himself:
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” NKJV
So, the first step is that we listen for the call of God, and don’t be mistaken, that “call” goes out to all the world. The next step is to yeild to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and in that you take your first step toward God. He then will take as many steps as is necessary to claim you as his own.
Do you agree? Disagree? Leave a comment and let me know.