Our relationship with God is the most important relationship we will ever know. Jesus wants us to become one with Him, to be a part of His body, and to share ourselves with Him. The Apostle Paul compares this relationship to a marriage (Ephesians 5) and uses it as a model for human marriage.
It’s important that we understand how to grow closer to God because the closer we draw to him, we find the hope and the strength we need, not only to carry us through this life, but into the next.
So how do we become one with Jesus? First, we need to be a part of His body, which is the Church. This theme is repeated throughout the New Testament. We come to Him out of a pure heart, out of a desire for Him and Him alone. Paul said “I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin.” (2 Corinthians 11:2) Our virginity is our attitude of giving ourselves to Jesus spiritually.
We need to get alone with Him. Once a year, the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies to enter into the presence of God. In like manner, we must get into a secret place with the Lord, to where we can see only His presence, the glory of our Lord. Psalm 91 describes this when it says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” We must set aside time for prayer and fasting. Retreating from the world, even from our obligations to a spouse, allows us to draw closer to Him.
We surrender ourselves to His will. Just as a bride surrending herself to her husband, we give ourselves totally over the will of our Lord, through receiving His Spirit. We do not withhold any part of ourselves, but desire only what our Lord wants for us. Submitting ourselves totally to Him, we know that He knows what is best for us and will lead us in making right decisions for our lives.
We pursue after His love. David said, “As a deer pants for the water, so my heart longs after thee, O Lord.” We run after His love, daily seeking His face. In the Song of Solomon, which has been seen as a type of our relationship to God, the woman says that she looked throughout the city to find the one whom her soul loves until she found Him. Every day, we must pursue the face of our beloved Lord in prayer until we find Him. Psalm 27 brings this out as well. God says, “seek my face” and so David says, “my heart says your face will I seek.” Just as a wife seeks to see the face of her beloved, so we must seek after the face of God in Jesus Christ.
Some other tools for creating an atmosphere of intimacy:
Praise and worship music
Reading the Bible
Meditating on His word
Above all, we have to devote time to Him, to separate ourselves and draw closer to Him, and seek Him out.
Pamela Parizo © 2017