Relationship – It doesn’t just happen.
The source of input in our lives can be overwhelming. The internet has brought a nearly unlimited number of voices that fight for our attention. When we realize that we “need a break from our phone”, we end up turning on the television where there is another set of voices. And they all want your ear – and your heart.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, my need to spend regular time with the Lord and His Word has never been greater. I need to connect with Jesus through His Word – regularly, consistently, personally, intimately. I need to be reminded of His control, His care, His call on my life. I need Intimacy with God.
If it ever changes, I’ll let you know…
It was like the punchline to a bad joke. The man was lamenting about how his wife was never happy, was always complaining, and had even mentioned divorce. Now, before I go any further, it’s important to understand, he was a good man. He loved the Lord, served at his church, was very successful in his business, and was a good dad. But his marriage – was struggling. “Like just last night,” he said, “she yelled at me, ‘do you love me or not?’” My eyebrow raised and I asked him how he responded. He said, “I reminded her, ‘I told you I loved you when we got married, and if it ever changes, I’ll let you know.’”
This unloving husband is a picture of what some people try to experience with the Lord. They respond to the gospel – years ago, another time, another place – and then drift into a kind of God-less existence .. no connection, no dependence, no intimacy. They lean heavily upon the significance of a decision rather than leaning upon their Intimacy with God. It’s as if they said to God, “… if it every changes, I’ll let you know.
But we are Followers of Jesus Christ!
As His children (reborn, remade, redeemed), God invites us to Himself. He has promised that He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5), but He invites us to more than a promise to never leave. He invites us to be with Him day and night (Psalm 1), to put His word in our heart (Psalm 119:11), and to realize that He is now in us (John 14:17)!
So Now What?
Intimacy with God is certainly the desire of any true follower of Jesus Christ. It’s part of His new design for His New Creatures. In order to respond to that call, try one of the following:
- A Passage… Psalm 1 – Spend some time reading and reflecting upon this tremendous passage of Scripture. It is so practical, so encouraging, so real.
- A Promise… Every Morning – Set the alarm clock a few minutes earlier than normal and spend a few minutes in your Bible this week. Slowly and deliberately read through John 14-16. Jesus’ final words of connection and care for His disciples are some of my favorite in the whole Bible.
- A Plan… The Gospel of John – I have found that the Gospel of John is just about the right length for a month of purposeful quiet time. 5 chapters per week times 4 weeks, plus 1 more day. Sounds like a plan!
It has been said that “God doesn’t have favorites, but he does have intimates.” Draw near to Him, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8)