The benefits of walking with God are immense. Our new identity in Him overflows with extraordinary chain-breaking truth. We are blessed and empowered by the Holy Spirit to help bring heaven to earth; we have access to overflowing love, peace, and joy; we no longer have to feel condemned, and we are disarmed of our sin and infused in perfect righteousness. Heaven is our destination, but it’s also for us to taste here and now. The list of benefits in walking with God go on and on.
However, none of these things is the jewel in the crown. King David writes:
‘One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.’ (Psalm 27:9)
In the midst of all the blessing poured out in his life, David had his eyes fixed on one thing: Intimacy with God.
Jesus didn’t suffer purely to rescue us from Hell and get us into Heaven. He made a way possible back into intimate relationship with God.
The day Adam and Eve sinned, they hid. Their days of walking with God in the garden were over. God asked “Where are you?”, not because He didn’t know but because Adam didn’t. Things had changed. Adam hid because he was afraid, but he didn’t see the cost of his sin till God spoke. He realised at that point that it was his relationship with God that had been affected the most.
Jesus restored our relationship. We can now walk and talk with God at any time.
Intimacy with the Father is an end goal.
Yes, it blesses every other part of our life and work, but it’s an end in itself. One thing I have asked of the Lord, one thing I seek after, that I may dwell in His house, gaze at His beauty, and inquire of him.
Hang out with God, get to know Him more and more, and talk with Him. This is God’s ultimate joy with you. He loves you, and has so much to show you about Himself and about you.
How do you grow in intimacy with God? Well, it’s not a formula. Let Him guide you.
Grab a pen and paper, sit down and ask Him what He thinks about you. Then simply write what you hear Him say. Don’t translate it, simply write it all down as it flows.
You will be amazed at how He sees you. Then tell Him what you think of Him…
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