Scriptures of the Day:
1 Corinthians 2:9-16
9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Intimacy with God is the deepest, truest friendship we could ever experience. It is not one sided or only about our needs, although sharing all of ourselves with God is a valuable part of it. We were created to have intimacy and friendship with God. It is described in the Bible as walking beside Him. Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden and Moses walked with God in the Wilderness; examples that whatever season we find ourselves in, God wants to walk through it with us. As awesome as it is to give God all of our good and bad experiences in exchange for His best, there’s even more! God, our Almighty Creator, wants to share all He knows with us.
In the deepest natural friendships there are secrets shared, inside jokes and insecurities, moments that are treasured and remembered over and over again. Information is privileged and the people closest to us tend to know us the best. We spend time with them. We know where they live and vice versa. We invite them into our lives and our homes and share ourselves with them. In John 15:15-16, Jesus says that I am no longer a slave that only obeys, but He has chosen me to be His friend. It says that as His friend I can know everything He knows because He willingly shares it with me! That’s what real intimacy means to me. The depth of friendship that over time knows all the same things. A friendship that’s hard to remember the time before you knew each other. Friends on this level can accomplish a lot together whether it’s Pictionary, Charades, or more important endeavors. They are on the same page, of the same mind and the same spirit. To combine the scriptures referenced above, Jesus chose to be our friend, to give us His Spirit and share with us His mind so that together, we can accomplish much for the kingdom.
Intimacy with God means that over and above the gift of salvation, I’m sought out as a friend and freely given preference, position, privilege, and power:
- He chooses us as His friend, preferring us over any other creation.
- He gave us position as children and heirs. He filled us with His Spirit to equip us for the journey. As we mature and our intimacy deepens, that Spirit reveals to us all that our King freely gives us.
- He encourages us to enjoy the privilege of coming boldly before His throne.
- He promises that He will give us whatever we ask in His name, granting us power because we have the mind of Christ and so ask according to the will of God.
Father, in these 21 days I need a fresh revelation of your desire for friendship and intimacy with me. Awaken my heart to recognize how much it means to be preferred and chosen by you. Let me truly understand the position I hold as a son, daughter, and heir. I am no longer a slave or servant. I will take advantage of the privilege you grant me to come to you at anytime and ask of you anything. No longer will I expect to just follow orders and survive but I will live empowered to make an impact. Thank you for giving me power through your Holy Spirit to rule and reign alongside you, affecting change around me. I earnestly seek your spiritual gifts to open gates, doors, and windows to heaven wherever we go, bringing glory to your name.