Midweek Fellowship – August 3, 2016
“Intimacy with God - Part II”
Fr. Roberto M. Jorvina
The message of intimacy with God is very important in this day and time. We are doing our best, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to try to plant this desire in us, to constantly push us to this very, very important aspect of our Christianity. It is the foundation of all our lives.
Intimacy is defined as the state of having a very close relationship. It is also a very personal, private association marked by a very close association and friendship. I emphasize the words relationship, association, and friendship. It may seem very intimidating especially today. We get intimidated with being close to someone. We always define it with sexuality; and yet, God has created us for intimacy.
The whole essence of a covenant with God is about intimate relationships. To become intimate with God is to gain the means, the way for us to constantly manifest the image and likeness of God within us. If we say that if we are made in the image of God, and we are like Him, then, we must make it work and we can make it work for us when we become intimate with Him.
We saw how Moses’ face shone, spending 40 days and nights on the mountain with God – the God Who is the Light of the world; Who is the God of life. He could not help but reflect the glory and the light of God. The disciples of Jesus were called by Him – first to be with Him, to spend time with Him, to fellowship and to commune with Him. They were recognized in Acts as men who have been with Jesus because they began to act and to react like Jesus, to speak like Jesus, to think like Jesus, and to look like Jesus. This is why they were called Christians, which means they are the little Christ.
Spending time with God makes a difference in our lives. We learn to appreciate Him, to commune with Him – His life for ours, that our lives may be His. We begin to acquire a manner of life that directly comes from God.
Remember this equation: the success of our life = degree of our intimacy with God. Success is not about our accomplishments in life, but in the level and in the standard of God. One can have so many accomplishments in life, but be unsuccessful in the eyes of God and not be able to reach the full potential that God wants him to have.
Hearing God is innate in each believer. We have been given, in the New Creation, that ability to know and to recognize the voice of God. I shared with you the story of the blind skiers who could maneuver in the most treacherous pathways by being trained to listen to their guide. We are trained to listen to God in the places not known to us; and in the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil because He is with us.