Having been married now for 32 years, I am enjoying some of the best intimacy ever with my wife. In the movie, “Avatar”, the people from that planet had a phrase which wonderfully describes what intimacy means. That phrase translated into English is “I see you”. It means “When I look at you I see the love, the feelings, all that you are and all that you are to me by just being you. We are connected on the deepest level”. For us to have an “I see you” relationship in marriage or with God, barriers must obviously come down.
One of those barriers for me was criticism. This arose in me from my childhood interactions with my dad and my misconceptions of my Heavenly Dad. I thought God related to me in an accepting or critical way depending on my obedience to Him. Erroneously perceiving that God was critical towards me, I also treated others with criticism.
This barrier began to crumble in me as God orchestrated circumstances allowing me to fail as a husband, a pastor and a Christ follower. He was jealous for intimacy with me but I could not experience it unless I learned to depend on His Son in me rather than myself. My inability to find intimacy my way was actually my pathway to this deeper intimacy. When I could not find it anywhere else, regardless of how hard I tried, God let me know that He unconditionally accepted me. It was God saying, “I see you”. Only then did I begin to experience the kind of intimacy I had always longed for.
In the same way, the barriers between us and our Heavenly Father had to be removed so we could enjoy Him and for Him to be able to enjoy us. A better understanding of the Gospel can show us how He did just that. This can lead to a more heartfelt intimacy with God. For example, every ounce of anger God had towards ALL our past, present and future sins were removed through the death of Christ on the cross. (1 John 2:1) He will never be angry with any of us who are in Christ. Another barrier God removed was our old nature, otherwise known as our identity in Adam. God crucified and buried that nature forever. (Romans 6:6) Then He resurrected us with Christ giving us a new nature, that is our new identity which is 100% acceptable to Him. (Romans 5:1)
When God looks at us, He sees us as totally forgiven, 100% righteous sons and daughters whom He is completely enthralled with. He has united Himself to us offering the maximum intimacy possible. We can’t get any closer to God than being united to Him. The good news of the Gospel is that our sins cannot sever this intimate union of Him in us and us in Him.
Do you see the doorway for genuine intimacy whether between a husband and wife or between us and God? It is being united to someone who unconditionally accepts us. This is the good news of the Gospel which God wishes all Christ followers knew.
That is why we are so passionate at Grace Life International to keep sharing the Gospel with other Christians. And I’m sure you are too! Let’s all pray for God-given opportunities to share so other Christ followers can know that they are free to enjoy intimacy with God. Intimacy with others is only possible through intimacy with God first. This is not just about reading your Bible, a devotion or praying. It’s about learning to live in your union with Christ so you can hear His voice speaking to you about what amazing things He thinks about you… and more!
Here at Grace Life, we can help you understand how to do this at our upcoming event: Grace Life Encounter. Early Bird pricing saves you 25% off of the ticket price, so click here to register today!