By: Rick L. King
August 6, 2011
I looked up the word intimacy in the dictionary and found these meanings.
1. The state of being intimate.
2. A close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another
person or group.
3. A close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place,
subject, period of history, etc.: an intimacy with Japan.
4. An act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, or the like: to allow
the intimacy of using first names.
5. An amorously familiar act; liberty.
I think of a marriage relationship and how the two find intimacy with each other. They get familiar with and have knowledge of each other. They have a very close personal relationship with each other where there should be just openness and no walls to separate them. They become one.
In our relationship with the Lord, we are supposed to be intimate with Him. We are supposed to be vulnerable, everything exposed and out in the open, and actually so familiar with him and His knowledge that we become like Him.
Many I have known know who Jesus is and have asked Him to save them but have never become intimate with Him. They know about Him yet they really do not know Him. I picture this like a house. They have allowed him into a room in their heart, but have never allowed him in the rest of the house. There are many rooms of the past in us whether they are fears, hurts, or whatever. Until a person allows intimacy with the Lord, they can never find the rooms of their heart cleansed and filled with Him. They need to draw close to the Lord and get to really know Him. Then they can learn to be able to trust Him with their concerns, problems and their lives. It is difficult to become intimate with a total stranger. Time must be spent to get to know anyone. It is a choice to do that. It is a choice to have a friend and get to know and trust them. Jesus is the same, we must learn to know Him so that we can trust Him with everything in our lives. When we know that he loves us and wants only good for us, then it becomes so much easier to go to him and allow him into the other rooms of our heart. How many people can we become open and vulnerable with that we donít love and trust?
God desires to be intimate with each of us. He desires to have intimate fellowship with each of His creation. He did give to us that choice to either want or reject Him. The word says that His people perish through a lack of knowledge. We canít do what we donít know about. I just pray that all men will come to the realization that it is in their best interest to desire to really know and become intimate with our Lord. This is the best relationship that we could ever have, but we still must choose to do so. I pray that any reading these words will choose to know Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He has much to show and tell you that will amaze you and cause your life to be full and fruitful. May the Lord give grace to all to make the right choice.
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Hi Rick - Hearty Amens on the matter of intimacy with our Lord. It is vitally necessary.... Love the room/house analogy. Thank you for this rich meaningful piece.