Intimacy: The Great Disconnect
By Morris Moore
One is sitting in the cafeteria amongst friends and strangers. They are having such a wonderful time and talking about all types of subjects. In between the conversations, thoughts pop up and then dissipate randomly. Am I missing something? Another person is at work and very committed to his or her assignment. Striving to be the best at what they are doing. They have excellent communication with their colleagues. As they attack a project together, in between the dialogue, thoughts pop up and dissipate randomly. Are we missing something? Another is at home with family and friends, having a cookout. At the far table, another is playing charades and it has gotten good! It has become intense. Good, fun, and friendly times. In between the laughter, thoughts pop up and then dissipate randomly. Are we missing something? Another is sitting in a court room going before a judge who will determine the rest of his life. He is listening to the testimonies being presented for and against him. In between each witness, thoughts pop up and then dissipate randomly. Am I missing something?
As you can see, there are many different situations throughout life, throughout the world at the same time, affecting everyone. What do many of these situations have in common even though they are totally different? Can you find the common thread? Some may say the thread is a thought or a drifting away into clouds of thoughts. I wish it were that simple. But it isn’t that deep either. Do you see the disconnect?
Before I go any further, let me share a short but powerful scripture with you.
John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
You ask yourself, what are these thoughts that keep popping up? They are words coming from the Father through the Holy Spirit. The Father is asking where am I in everything. If you are like me, Morris Moore, you have these questions popping up in the back of your mind and you ignore them without realizing it. I go to church, I read my bible, I pray each day. So why would the Father ask such a question? I am doing the best that I know how and living the way I was taught to serve Him.
So, I go back to the scripture and ask if I am really abiding in Him. How can I immerse myself in this scripture and within Him? The concept and word that describes what needs to happen is “Intimacy”.
Intimacy is defined as:
A close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.
A close association with or detailed knowledge of or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc
I would like to say that I include God in everything I do, but I don’t. I do not intentionally leave Him out. The thought came to me one day that I was leaving Him at the altar, at the church. When I get to church, I am so fired up or when I am in my prayer room. But am I the same when I am anywhere else? I am not saying you should be crying out to Him every second, what I am saying is that we must involve Him in every second of what we do. What prompted this way of thinking in me was the idea that I separate my professional career from my spiritual walk. I do pray to Him while at work, but that is usually when things don’t go the way I would like for them to go. We don’t bring Him into the equation until He is needed to fix something in our life. According to the scripture, He wants you to abide in Him and for Him to abide in you. That means we are intertwined in everything including, work, family, fun times, conversations, sad times, challenging times, graduations, …. Etc. But how?!?!
We must become intimate with Him in everything. Get to know Him in everything, not just through prayer and reading the Word. Do not misunderstand me and think we should not do those vital things also, but do not limit Him. Do not exclude Him from the rest of your life. Ask yourself if you have left Him out of any area of your life and be honest with yourself and Him. Truth be told, there are so many areas that do not have God’s involvement. It is said that the first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge that you have one. We all have one, but the good news is that we know the solution. The Holy Spirit will lead us into this intimacy. The Holy Spirit is always with us; therefore, we can allow Him to guide us into that place of intimacy with the Father in all things.
Let’s think about how we share everything with our best friend or close family member. You know that person will be beside you no matter what. He or she will share the good moments and the difficult ones with you. Now transpose that way of think into the relationship you have with the Father in every area of your life; even the area that you keep from everyone else including the closets ones to you. Believe it or not, if we can get to that point with God, we would have a better understanding of what the Father would want us to do. He abides in us, remember? He will lead and guide us through our thoughts. In order for us to emulate Jesus in John 14: 7-11, we have to be intimate with the Father.
John 14:7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
No, we are not Jesus Christ but we are supposed to emulate Him. Jesus was intimate with His father. We must be intimate with our Father. As I grow, I will make this one of my primary focuses going forward. I will incorporate
Isaiah 26:3 in my daily life which says “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
Now that you’ve read this blog:
What are areas of your life where you feel that you don’t bring God into?
Are there relationships where you can incorporate God more?
What random thoughts pop up in social settings where you feel the Holy Spirit is trying to get your attention?