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People of Intimacy with Christ

You and I are called to be people of intimacy. We were made for a close relationship with God. Though distractions abound, we are not alone: God’s Spirit is our Help.

The Lord is our first love and He loves us extravagantly. Despite life’s challenges, our pursuit is this: be rooted in relationship with Jesus.

John 15:5 says that without Jesus, we can do nothing.  Outside of relationship with God, you and I do nothing of true significance:

“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.” (John 15:4 NKJV

Fruit trees exist to bring forth a harvest of delicious fruit. But this can only come with the right location, water, and nutrients.

What ingredients are needed for our intimate relationship with God?

  1. Friendship with Jesus (the right location)
  2. God’s Holy Spirit (the water)
  3. God’s Word (the nutrients)

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You Are Not a Failure

Sometimes we find ourselves feeling like we are somehow failing God as we look at the good fruit others are bearing around us. We see their blessings and we even forget the ones God has given to us personally. At other times we see others’ depth of intimacy with God and misjudge our relationship with Him as shallow.

We do not see clearly the good fruit that is being worked in and through our own hearts and lives. This fruit may be still growing, or we may even be producing it and simply not seeing it because of trials we are experiencing in our lives. But let’s stop being so harsh toward ourselves as those truly seeking after the heart of God, and remember this:

God knows best though and is in charge of the timing and amount of good fruit that we bear for His Kingdom. He just asks us to say “yes” to wanting to bear good fruit, and then asks us to do our part:  Abide in Him.

With that in mind, read this familiar passage from John 15:1-4 (NKJV):

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 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.”

If we belong to Christ, and we pursue intimacy with Him, we will bear good fruit; it’s a promise!

Have you ever struggled with comparing yourself to others, or feeling like a failure in God’s eyes? Did this post help you to see the truth of how God is working in your life even in the struggles of the past or the present? Share below.