Summary: The worlds definition of intimacy is not the same as God's. Intimacy means creating an authentic connection. It has more to do with shared moments than sexual interactions.
Lord God and Father,
open our eyes so we can see Your truth.
Open our ears so w can hear Your voice.
Open our mind so we can understand Your Word.
And open our heart so we may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN
Today we are going to talk about intimacy.
The meaning of intimacy will vary from context to context. There are some people who think of intimacy only as a sexual interaction, but it is more than that.
As believers we sing a lot of songs that have to do with us being intimate with God and intimate with Jesus and because our world connects intimacy with sex it makes it difficult for us to understand the true meaning of the word.
Intimacy means creating an authentic connection. It has more to do with shared moments than sexual interactions.
Intimacy is linked with feelings of closeness, safety, trust and transparency among partners in a collaborative relationship.
For intimacy to be sustainable and nourishing it also requires trust, transparency and rituals of connection. It requires empathy, which is the ability to stand in the others shoes, to feel what they feel.
Intimacy is having a very close friend or confidant, it is marked by a very close association, contact or familiarity with the person. It is a warm friendship that has developed as time goes on.
I was listening to a worship song the other day and it occurred to me, how hard it might be for the unsaved person to understand how we as Christians desire intimacy with God and His Son, and even each other.
Because honestly, those things are our focus. To be intimate with God and intimate with each other and yet because the world’s view of intimacy differs from God’s view it makes it near impossible to bring God’s good news to the lost.
We sing “love songs” to Jesus and the unsaved person scratches their head because they don’t get it.
I get it because I am a child of God and I love Him and His Son and His Holy Spirit with all my heart. But for those on the outside looking in, let’s face it, it might seem strange.
So today the first thing I want to be sure is that we are all on the same page with this thing called intimacy.
Intimacy means that we are creating an authentic connection with God, a tight relationship so that that your thoughts are intertwined with His attributes.
It is the same connection that Moses had with God.
We see this in Exodus 33:12-18.
Moses was meeting with God in the new Tabernacle called the Tent of Meeting. They were talking to each other as friends do.
Let’s look at it.
12 Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”