Devotion day 11
It’s Monday – let’s talk about intimacy! Specifically – spiritual intimacy.
Oxford Dictionary defines intimacy as “close familiarity or friendship.” Immediately my thoughts go to Matthew 11:28-30.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Here Christ is defining and calling for an open, free, and loyal relationship. This busy world (a spirit) opposes our friendship with God. Even though many do not identify the conflict as “a spirit” it is a battle that only we can determine to be one of vibrancy and deep relationship.
Both scripture and experience teach that it is we, that’s right, us, not God, who determine the degree of intimacy with Him that we enjoy. We are at this moment as close to God as we really chose to be. True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy (that is His invitation “come”), but when it comes down to reality, we are not prepared to pay the price involved. The qualifying conditions are more costly than we are prepared to meet; so, we settle for a less demanding level of Christian living.
Everything in our Christian life flows from our relationship with God. If we are not in vital fellowship with Him everything else will be out of focus. Dr. J. Elder Cumming, contended that “in almost every case the beginning of new blessing is a new revelation of the character of God – more beautiful, more wonderful, more precious.”
We see this in the life of Moses. Only after revelation of Jehovah God did Moses step out into the impossible. For further study see Exodus 3 (burning bush); 7 times to Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19:3, 8,20; 20:21; 24:13-15; 32:31 and 34:4).
Thoughts as we leave Monday:
• Intimacy is nourished by worship
• Intimacy magnifies God’s Greatness
• Intimacy is preceded by cleansing
• Intimacy is maintained by abiding
• Intimacy is encouraged by the Holy Spirit
• Intimacy involves walking in the Spirit
Ultimate intimacy will culminate in “the new Heaven and Earth.”
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’
And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.’” Revelation 21:1-7
Today – Monday – we walk in intimacy!