Pursuing Intimacy with God. Our purpose in life should be to pursue and live an intimate relationship with God. Salvation is our rescue from the sentence of death because of sin, but intimacy is to define our life with Him.
Intimacy with God does take effort. We’ve been groomed by others to always expect quick results from little effort. We need to embrace the concept of “waiting on the Lord”. Many people also assume that being intimate with God is a special call and that the average person can’t go there because they’ve been compromised by their sinful Christian life. It is a trick of the enemy. “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
As we prepare for intimacy with God we admit our repentance. “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 And we live by the Spirit. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:16-18
Practical steps for greater intimacy with God are to immerse yourself in the Word, spend time pursuing God and be honest with God, ask the hard questions, wait on Him and learn to believe in His grace, love and transforming power. “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
We also should minister to others, learning how to serve and how to love. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 And refuse to be discouraged by “wilderness periods”. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” God does not abandon us in our times of temptations and troubles.
Spend time with your family and friends and find intimacy in relationships with those you love. All the money, possessions and career successes are worthless in comparison to our relationships. Intimacy with God and others is our intended purpose of life here on earth. It requires time and effort but will prove itself in a transformed life and the intense joy of experiencing God’s presence!