“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship [Intimacy] with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
God has called each of us into deep fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Which means we are to have a relationship with, a companionship with, share information with, to love, and more. In other words, it’s an active, ongoing, intimate relationship between you and Christ.
Now, if you are anything like I used to be, you might be asking yourself: How do I hold a conversation with someone who doesn’t exactly talk back to me audibly? Or how do I get close to an ‘invisible’ God? Which, in truth, can make us feel confused about how to go about it all. But there’s hope, because that confusion can be easily cleared up and it begins with the word, ‘Intimacy.’
You see, Jesus has already shared his life’s story with us through the Bible. In fact, the most vivid pictures of his character can be seen in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It is in these Scriptures that you’ll discover the love, compassion, and gentleness that flow from Christ. As you read about His healing, you’ll begin to understand that God can reach out from heaven and touch your life, even now! Your relationship with Jesus will begin to take on new and deeper meaning. He may not always speak to you audibly, but he sure will respond with His written Word. Which is actually a love letter written specifically for you.
We must remember that the Bible, including the Gospels, were written with the intent of sharing it with believers today. Christ life’s story are found through Its pages not only because he wanted us to know who He was, what He did, and what he was like, but also because he genuinely desires a relationship with us and wants us to be like Him. The more we study the Gospels, the more we’ll know Jesus, ‘intimately.’ Obviously, the whole Bible is good to study, but if you are looking specifically to know the life of Christ, then this is where you find it!
Intimacy also means trusting someone enough to tell them your darkest secrets. This is how it should be with Jesus. We should know him well enough to know that we can share anything with him (in truth he already knows our secrets, our sins, etc., HOWEVER, he still wants to hear them from us). Trusting someone can be hard, as you’ve probably been betrayed by other people. But Jesus loved you and trusted you first. He even laid down his life for you while you were yet in your sin. That sacrifice should have earned him your trust.
I know, it can be hard sharing such things with the Lord, but we must, in order to build a path to a more intimate relationship. If you want to grow closer to Christ, then you’ve got to risk opening your heart to Him. It’s the only way. And when you take that leap of faith, he will reward you by giving you more of himself. Stepping out takes not only courage, but time.
Invest the time in getting to know God because things don’t just happen overnight. God wants us to first seek him. He wants to know you’re serious about a relationship with him. The truth is, we all have the relationship with God that we want. If you want a little bit of God, you’ll have a little bit of God, and our lives will reflect that relationship. If you want alot of God, then you’ll have alot of God, and our lives will reflect that relationship. God tells us in James 4:8 to, “Draw near to Him.” This requires an action on our part, an action of drawing near. Meaning, reading Gods Word, praying, seeking him, spending time with him. Then, as a result of our drawing near, God will ‘draw near’ in return. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” If you do the drawing, then know God will answer you, usually it’s not audibly, but he responds at the heart level. For Jesus never turns away anyhow who seeks him and I know this from experience. He will give you the help you need to build that intense, intimate relationship with Him.
Now, understand that you may not notice a difference in your relationship with Jesus at first, but over weeks or months, Bible verses will begin to take on new meaning. Your connection with the Lord will grow stronger and in small doses, life will make more sense. Little by little, you will sense that Jesus is there, listening to your prayers, answering through Scripture and inspiring in your heart. A sureness will come upon you that something incredible is happening…and it is! Give it time, it will come, and you will have your intimacy with God!
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jer. 33:3
Love you all!