If the truth be known, as far as I can tell, God isn’t interested in a long-distance relationship with you or me. After all, why would He have sent His Son Jesus down to earth to die on the cross for our sins and to rise again so our faith in Him and commitment to follow Him would give us a free ticket to eternal life and an amazing RELATIONSHIP with Him down here? Not to mention, would He have really given us HIS Holy Spirit to live inside us by being born again and asking and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit if He didn’t want to get deeply intimate with it?
Come on, think about it. For those of us who place our faith in Jesus as the Son of God who came in the flesh to earth, died on the cross, rose again for the remission of our sins through confession of them and confession of Him as Lord and Savior – I mean, really. Do you really believe God wants us to live our lives apart from Him when He is living – or, trying to live – inside us? Why do I say “trying to live”? Because, to be quite frank, some of us are smooshing, squelching, squeezing, stuffing the Holy Spirit inside us and trying to remain separate from God. Let’s be real. Really. Some of us want God to look the other way as we pursue our own dreams, visions, plans, purposes, ideas, and yes, lusts. And there God is, not just living up there in the sky with the King of Kings Jesus sitting on the seat right beside Him, on the right side to boot. God isn’t just hanging out with Jesus in heaven with a big bowl of popcorn watching us kids of His live our lives totally independent of Him.
God is DOWN HERE WITH US wanting to make the best of our situation. The best? Yes. God isn’t a wallflower. He isn’t one of those boys or girls holding Himself up against the wall watching the world go by on the other side of the dance. He wants to slow dance with us. Yes, slow dance. (I have written a book called Slow Dance with Jesus that is available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org that is inspiration for those who seek to become more intimate with the Lord). Did I say slow dance? Yes, exactly. Slow dances are intimate.
So just how intimate are you? God convicted me just last night as I was writing a late version of the Daily Inspiration writing I have just started doing for Walk by Faith Ministry’s online readers. He reminded me – gently and lovingly, albeit – that I have way too strong of a tendency to begin and end my days with Him. Was that the reminder? No. That was, and is, fact. He was sweetly reminding me that I have a tendency to brush Him off for much of the day. Not always on purpose. Usually not. I am just so programmed to living my life “single” that I forget God wants to get INTIMATE with me. No, HE doesn’t want to just GET intimate. He wants to BE intimate. In fact, let’s go a step further. He wants to STAY INTIMATE. He doesn’t want me to wake up in the morning and trollop off into the day without Him. He wants us to live our lives together, with Him LORD – with Him leading the way. Now how’s that for intimate?
I don’t know about you, but many of my loved ones throughout my life have wanted to spend little bits of time with me. And, to be truthful, I have wanted to spend some time with them. But never have I had a loved one who wanted to spend ALL of his time with me. Well, guess what? God does. He wants for us to be intimate together 24-7.
So does that mean I’m supposed to spend every second of every day praising, worshiping, praying, studying the Bible, etc? Well, there are probably plenty of people who do that. And I commend them for living a life like that. I suppose when we get to heaven that will be a lot more likely for many, if not most of us. But I can’t truly speak of something I don’t truly know about. But I can say this. Life goes on. Daily stuff happens. Work is there. Relationships continue, or not. Entertainment beckons. Family matters exist. Exercise calls. It’s time to eat. Brush your teeth. Whatever. We live our lives. So suffice it to say, I doubt there are too many people who 24-7 are staying in the zone of prayer, praise, worship – without life’s happenings, interruptions, etc.
But, and this is a big BUT. Not a little one – but a BIG BUT. But I don’t need to leave God outside the bathroom door, the office door, the bedroom door. Do you know something. I heard a man say once he was uncomfortable having God in the bedroom with him when he was with the woman he loved. He apparently preferred, at least at times, to leave God outside the door. I am not sure how he intended to get God outside of his heart so he could place and leave him outside the door, but there it was. He actually thought (and how many of us think exactly like this?!) that he could pick and choose when God would be hanging around.
God outside the door? Imagine that. Well, it doesn’t work that way. We can’t just shove God out the door. Or, can we? God knows everything, doesn’t HE? HE sees and hears everything right? But there is another point to be made here. Have you ever had a friend that you just weren’t close to? You spent time with them. You did stuff together. You talked. You carpooled together. You studied together. Whatever. But if the truth be known, you had no closeness whatsoever. Life for the two of you together was trivial, superficial, never, ever deep. We’ve all had relationships like that, right? They sort of hurt, don’t they? Hurt? How so?
Well, if you happened to be the person who desperately wanted to get to know the other person better and the other person just wasn’t into it, ouch. Sure, you said yes every time they wanted to get together. But your heart just wasn’t in it.
How many of us have treated God that way? I love you God. I go to church on Sunday. I say my morning prayers, and evening too. I give money to the church. I tell people how great God is. But where is my heart? Do you know God has something to say about this. Ouch doesn’t even begin to describe the conviction some of us have gotten when we read these words. Or, have we never read them before?
Mat 15:8 “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
Did you know there is even the possibility that we could have so lacked intimacy with Christ that we could one day face Him and discover that He doesn’t even want to acknowledge us? Could HE actually say He never knew us? Oh my God! Could anything be more devastating, especially for those of us who may have deceived even ourselves into thinking (or at the very least others) that we were “good Christians.”
Yes, it’s totally possible. Just see what God has to say about it.
Mat 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
So, now that I’ve laid it all out on the line, let me ask you a question. Just how intimate are you with God? Be honest. Be real. I don’t need to know the answer. But maybe you need to ask yourself the question. And there is one who knows the answer already. God.
Remember the relationship I described where one person is really into it – and the other is not? Well can you imagine how God feels with His phenomenal invitation to be intimate with Him when we just don’t take the time, care, concern, commitment, decision, dedication, etc. to answer His invitation with a big ole’ YES and YES and YES? I can’t even fathom, not especially when most of the world HE created doesn’t seem to want to take the time to meet Him, let alone to get to know Him, let alone to enter in – and to STAY IN – a deeply intimate, personal, breathtakingly beautiful and REAL, really intimate relationship with HIM.
So, now for a final question. And you thought I had asked enough questions. Well, don’t think I am not asking myself these very same questions – or that I should, and will, if I have not already. For I am included in all this. After all, I’m one of His kids.
So, the question. Drum roll, please……….Trumpets blare……….Here it comes.
If you have discovered that you’re not intimate with God at all, or that your intimacy comes and goes, or that you truly have not kept your commitment to intimacy, or that you don’t even know how to get intimate let alone how to stay intimate, or that you don’t even know the Lord at all through faith in Jesus Christ, here’s the question.
If God sent you an invitation this very day to find and maintain this intimacy today, how would you RSVP?
Yes? Or no?
To be continued…………..