A thought by Leonard Sweet, (2012-03-13) from his book, What Matters Most: How We Got the Point but Missed the Person (Kindle Locations 2977-2978). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
The direction we are headed seems to me to be the key. One of the attributes of God is that He is everywhere so our focus seems to be the important key here. He is always near us.
I love my reading through the four Gospels in the New Testament and I read an interesting response of Jesus to His disciples. In the New International Version He says, “Are you so dull?” and He says to them in another place, “Do you still not understand?” And I thought I wonder how they felt and it came to me, He probably could say the same thing to me. But He also could say it to the smartest person on the earth and all the angels in heaven. Compared to Him we are all dull, we have so much to learn and so much to experience with Him.
But I’m sure there are some who would really be upset if He said that to them. I mean they know it all. They have arrived. They don’t need to hunger any more after God because they are full to the brim of all there is to know. They are as close to Him as any human being could ever be and in reality they are drawing away.
You cannot coast up a mountain. You either go up or down and in your walk with God you are either going with Him or away from Him. There is no coasting.
And this could be one of those places where He says, “Do you still not understand?” So the important question isn’t, “Are you near or far?” but “Are you drawing nearer or drawing away?”
Now the truth was He knew they needed a lot more time with Him and we do too.
So how close are you to Him?