To Know Christ Intimately

lady (1)“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!

( Also blogged on www.VineofLife.net )

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11 responses to “To Know Christ Intimately

  1. Amen. Knowing Jesus intimately is everything. I would even expand knowing His life beyond the gospels to all of scripture. Jesus said it all spoke of Him (Luke 24:47). The New Testament writers didn’t have the gospels yet they knew Jesus deeply in the Old Testament.
    Your comments about sharing our darkest secrets with Him are precious. Sometimes I think we are scared to encourage this in the church. Instead, we teach people to be religious, to put up facades with the Lord like we sometimes do with each other. It’s interesting that in Matthew 7:23 Jesus doesn’t say, “Away from me. You never knew me.” He said, “Away from me. I never knew you.” As you say, we must let Him in. We must let Him know us.

    • Great insights, you are spot on!! Its sad really how we are taught to ‘put on a happy face’. Whats even sadder is that we are left with alot of hurting and broken people who are afraid to speak up out of fear of being judged or looked down upon. This is just not how its supposed to be. We should confess our sins to each other and forgive one another. But we just don’t see this. So we end up with a bunch of ‘bottled up emotions,’ which in turn can lead to lukewarm Christianity. Our culture is spiritually sick, unfortunately.

  2. Thank you Elissa for a great message with wonderful Godly advice, we do indeed need to have a intimate relationship with Jesus and not be like the Pharisees who studied the Scriptures diligently but did not accept Him as their Lord and Saviour even though this is the Truth of the Scriptures, this is the message that they promote but even reading them they did not see it.

    As you shared we don’t have to fear our time of Testing, God tells us no temptation to sin will be greater then we can bear, Jesus provides the way out.

    Yes very True Elissa, the way to become close to The Lord is to know Him, then He is no longer a stranger this is why we ask for His wisdom and we see clearly as the Scriptures below confirm, but if we are natural or as some claim, their only human then we won’t be able to know Him intimately or will we have the mind of Christ.

    1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the Mind of Christ.

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops ( Perhaps our Computers )

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

    P.S Elissa it was showing again that I’m not following you, but I do receive your Posts, this is the same with some others, it seems WordPress are having problems with their control settings again.

  3. Every time people go forward at church. I always pray the parable of the sower and the seed, that they they would be good soil where the seed takes roots and grows producing good crop. Your post for some reason reminded me of this. Thank you, for always sharing truth!

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