February 20 – ReGen – Intimacy

Read John 17:3

I love to read. Some of my favorite genres of books are historical fiction and non-fiction. I am especially fascinated with WW2. To better understand the history, I often google photographs from the 1940’s and map locations. But I only possess minimal knowledge of that era. My dad, on the other hand, when he was alive, could honestly say that he knew WW2 on a different level because he experienced it as a Marine.

Knowing about something and truly knowing something are two different realities. 

What did Jesus mean when He prayed for us to know God and know Him (Jesus)? Is it possible to have an intimate relationship with the God of the universe? Let’s take a look at what intimacy is and what it isn’t.

  1. Knowledge does not equal intimacy

I would not describe my husband as 5’10”, sandy blonde hair and brown eyes. All that is true, but after 33 years of marriage, he is more than just accumulated facts. The same with our connection with God. It’s based on a relationship.

J.I. Packer in his book Knowing God states, “To be preoccupied with getting theological knowledge as an end in itself to approach Bible study…is the direct route to a state of self-satisfied self-deception.”

Knowledge is important and valuable, but it is not equivalent to intimacy.

“This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me.’”Jeremiah 9:23-24

2. Intimacy is a relationship initiated by God

So how do we move from facts to intimacy?

“But now that you know God- or rather are known by God.”Galatians 4:9

God makes friends with us! True intimacy with God is to reveal that God knows me- He chose to make me His friend. He is the initiator of this intimate relationship. My part of the relationship flows as a response to His incredible love and grace.

How do we respond? Which step do you need to focus on most?

  • Meditation- Soak up the Word of God

“Blessed is the one who meditates on his law day and night.”Psalm 1:2

  • Prayer- Talk to God and know His voice

“Pray continually”1 Thessalonians 5:17

“…the sheep follow him because they know his voice.”John 10:4

  • Praise- Give God glory due His name

“My mouth is filled with your praise and with your glory all day long.”Psalm 71:8

Those words do not reflect a check off list, the way we sometimes view our Christian life. Not a life of doing devotions, but a life of devotion. Not a life of having a quiet time, but a spirit that is sensitive to His still and quiet voice. Not a life that sings praises just on Sunday mornings, but a heart that praises Him continually.

That kind of life cultivates intimacy with the One who knows us best. Let’s be people who don’t just know about God, but know God!

Charline Engle

ReGeneration is a ministry for people battling the storms of life. From emotional struggles to substance abuse, ReGen is a ministry for those who want to experience healing, recovery, community and accountability in the midst of their storms. Currently, ReGen meets on Tuesday nights (7p) at Grace Church in Wooster. We would LOVE to host you! Text “regen” to 3302649459 if you want more information or want to attend!

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