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How to Know God in an Up Close and Personal Way

By: Kristen Clark

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard a “Christiany” statement like this: “It’s all about having a personal relationship with God.” Or, “All you need is a little more God in your life.” Or, “Just spend more time with God and you’ll be fine.”

I’ve heard all of those statements over the years and I’m guessing you have too.

These statements sound helpful – and they are true to an extent – but honestly, they’re not really that helpful at all.

Standalone statements like these always left me scratching my head wondering what that actually looks like in real life.

As Christians, we know having a personal relationship with God is highly important…but how in the world does that work? I mean, God is GOD. He’s the creator of the universe. He’s complex. He’s invisible. He’s perfect. He seems far away and out of reach.

How do we, as finite girls, have a deep and intimate relationship with God Himself?

If you’ve ever had thoughts like these (I have!), this post was written for you.

These questions used to constantly bombard my thinking. I wasn’t sure how to “connect” with and know God on a deep level. I wasn’t sure how to understand or process who He is. I wasn’t sure how to relate to Him or how He could relate to me.

Then, everything changed.

It all started during a normal, routine quiet time.

I decided to read the book of John, so I opened my Bible and curled up in my chair. As I read through John 1, there were a lot of verses that I didn’t quite know how to interpret. Verses like, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

Who or what was the Word? Who was with God in the beginning?

I didn’t understand the next few verses either, “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:2-5).

So, I did what any confused Christian might do – I opened up some trusted commentaries.

As I read about the meaning of these verses, something clicked in my brain.

The Word, in these verses, is referring to Jesus. Jesus is the Word. Then I realized that Jesus and God were together in the beginning! Jesus was there with God creating the world and creating Adam and Eve. Jesus and God are the same.

This might sound extremely elementary, but stick with me.

As I dug a little deeper and pondered my discoveries, I realized something profound. God sent Jesus to the earth so we would know Him better. Jesus and God are the same, so that meant the more I learned about Jesus, the more I would know about God.

This was huge for me! For most of my life I had unknowingly put God and Jesus in two separate categories. Jesus seemed easier to understand than God. God seemed more complex, far away, and unrelatable.

But as my eyes were opened to this amazing truth, my entire view of God was transformed.

Getting to know God is the same as getting to know Jesus.

If I want to know God in an up-close and personal way, I need to look at Jesus! I need to study Jesus’ actions, His words, His instructions, His emotions, His courage, His sympathy, His power, and His care for others. These are all a perfect reflection of the attributes of God Himself.

Jesus is God in the flesh. He is God in human form. He is a version of God that we can understand and relate to on a human level. John 14:9 says, …”whoever has seen Me [Jesus] has seen the Father.”

This realization was profound to me.

For many years I had been trying to “get to know God” and I didn’t know how to do that. It wasn’t until I started getting to know Jesus that God made more sense to me.

If you’re struggling to have an intimate and personal relationship with God, it might be time for you to focus your time getting to know Jesus. The book of John is a great place to start. The more you learn about Jesus and His character, the more you will learn about God.

Knowing God doesn’t have to be some confusing religious term. It’s actually quite simple. God and Jesus are the same.

Jesus came so we could get to know God in a personal and intimate way.

Amazing right??

My life has never been the same since. My relationship with God has never been deeper and more personal either. God is no longer a far off unrelatable deity. He is a warm, loving, personal, and caring God. He is a God that loved me so much, He came to earth, in human form, to die on the cross for my sins. He is Jesus.

I pray this truth resonates in your heart to know God deeper. I pray this truth transforms the way you view God and your relationship with Him.

Okay, your turn to share!

  • How does the reality that God and Jesus are the same transform your view of God?
  • What do you do to get to know God better?

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  • Sandra

    When I started to believe, the first question I asked was: “They always say there is just one God. So way do people pray to the Father, to Jesus and with the Holy Spirit?” The answer was simple: “Those three are all the same. They all together are God!” So from the beginning of my believes, I know Who Jesus is.

    But I have to say I don’t think it makes anything easier and I still strugle with my relationship with God. But maybe you are right: I just have to read more about Jesus. Truth is Jesus knew God better than anyone else, because He Himself is God.

    Thank you for this blogpost. I think I will start reading the New Testament again and pray God will guide me through it and help me understand Who He is, what He wants of me and how I can get a more personal relationship with Him.

  • Diana

    We have to keep in mind that in any relationship, communication has to go both ways. Same with our relationship with God. By reading His word, we listen to what he has to say to us; by praying, we are talking to God and sharing every part of our lives with Him. Prayer is a very important part of our relationship with Jesus and God!

  • Sophie Smith

    Thank you for this. 🙂

  • Bethaniee

    Hi, I’ve been wanting to go deeper with God and I’ve been praying that God would show me how and then I read this. Want commentaries did you use?

  • Emma

    Thank you so much for all of your posts! I love reading them every day!

    I think that understanding how God is Jesus, and Jesus is God, makes it so much different. We don’t need to go to them in different ways, we can kneel in prayer to God, who is Jesus. And when we are reading, we are learning about Jesus, who is God.

    That is so awesome! But hard to understand. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Williams

    Those are really great points! I’ve never quite thought about it that way! Thanks!

  • Shanice Harris

    Thank you. I will focus on getting to know Jesus better. Ever since my baptism last Sunday, I’d been a little confused on where I should put my focus. I had been thinking of getting to know the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, triune Godhead as three separate people. It makes since the way you put it that Jesus came as God in human form.

  • Jessica Smith

    This has truly helped me. I have been struggling with this exact problem for the longest time. I honestly think this is God speaking to me because I have been praying for an answer to this same question and when you told us to go through the book of John, it opened my eyes because I have been going through that book for the last 2 weeks! So thank you so much for sharing this!❤️

  • thehappygirl

    I really like this post! Right after Christmas (and another failed relationship), I decided it was high time that give over my life, everything to God. (Note: I’m not talking about salvation here. I was born again about six years ago, but had not actively pursued a strong relationship with God. I kinda just thought it would happen on it’s own. Boy was I wrong!) I struggled with how to get to know Him better. I started praying more consistently and more seriously. Then I started reading the Bible everyday before I started my day, even if it is just a few verses or a chapter because I woke up late. Just a week or two ago, I started actively meditating on what I read about that morning throughout the day. I know I still have tons of room to move up, but just these three steps have helped me so much. I know God better than ever now, and wish I had made this decision sooner!

  • Hannah B

    Lately, I’ve been just longing for Jesus. I wanted to read His Word. I wanted to learn about Him. I wanted nothing to do with the worldly music and television I was used to listening to. I wanted to hear Christian music and preaching. I wanted to pray with my Heavenly Father and tell Him that I love Him. And that’s the most profound thing about this. I deeply love my Lord. Its not just “okay, God, I’ll be modest and not sin and follow your rules”. That’s not who God is. God is a loving, caring, forgiving, amazing, and good Father. I know He loves me and I also love Him so much. It’s the most amazing feeling ever to have a deep and loving relationship with my Savior. ❤️


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