Pursuing Intimacy with Jesus
Are you growing day by day into a deeper, all-encompassing, more consistent, connected, and Holy Spirit guided relationship?
However difficult it is to remain continually open to God, it is vital that this relationship involves a constantly renewed, up-to-date experience with our Lord. This bond or connection is more than an intellectual thing. It’s not merely an understanding of Jesus and our faith – it’s a relationship.
It is a constant temptation for us as Christ-followers to substitute thinking about Jesus for actually pursuing a real-life, in-the-moment relationship with Jesus. It may be because relating with Jesus and being attentive and responsive to the Holy Spirit requires time. It needs to be intentional. And living in a daily relationship with the Lord of the universe can be risky, unsettling, and even demanding.
It is a whole lot easier and less costly to think than to do. But it’s simply not enough to follow the teachings of Jesus or a religious code that flowed out of his life. In fact, the absence of a personal, covenant relationship with Jesus results in a religion other than the one our Lord started. Even if it takes the form of the Christian faith, it will lack the reality of it.
The Apostle Paul warns us of the danger of going through the motions, but lacks the relationship in 2 Timothy 3:5, “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
That’s why discipleship is foundational to Christianity and the mission that has been entrusted to us. If we in the global Body of Christ fail to be disciples who make disciples, the whole movement of the Church will falter and cease to multiply. Discipleship requires a direct relationship with Jesus Christ.
It’s not enough for us to be making ‘converts’ or ‘church-goers.’ We are called to equip disciples who will make disciples who will make disciples… This points us again to the importance of our core value as Jesus followers of Intimacy with Jesus. We cannot with integrity equip others to be and do what we are not being and doing.
Discipling others is a life-on-life activity. Jesus’ approach to discipling was not simply transmitting information or developing a program.
Discipling in the way of Jesus always is about a deeply personal process of being drawn into becoming more like the image and character of Jesus. This is the transformation we are all called to. And it’s the journey we are all called to lead others into.
As Christ-followers we will discover that on this journey to a deeper and more intimate relationship with our Lord there will be joy, peace, and hope that offset the challenges and the risks we face.
As the Apostle Paul reminds us, “our light momentary affliction” prepares for us “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” (2 Corinthians 4:17). So, let’s all keep pursuing intimacy with Jesus!
Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!
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