What will pursuing intimacy with God cost you?
It seems as though it will cost everything. What I’m not sure of is how to define everything. I certain haven’t been taught everything. I’ve had everything I’ve ever needed. I’ve had everything I’ve ever wanted. I’ve been richly blessed. So what does everything look like for me? Do I give away my possessions? What do I give? I can give my time. I tithe. I give God my worship. I try my best to live a life that exemplifies His love to all. I don’t know how to define the cost. I can’t put something tangible on it. Do I look to the spiritual? I’ve given Jesus my heart and I try to listen to the Spirit’s pulling on my life so as to always follow God’s leading. Something about this intimacy seems strained… forced… I don’t know where or with what or how. I just know that God is working in this heart and I know that I want a deeper level of intimacy with Him. I’m praying that He’ll draw me deeper into Him.
Is an intimate friendship with God worth the price? Why/Why Not?
It’s absolutely worth it. The God of the universe offers us to come near to Him, to know Him and be known by Him. He didn’t ask if it was worth it when He sent His son Jesus to die for me. He knew the price and He paid it. He took the first steps in creation and in restoration with the human race to enter into this relationship with Him. Will we simply watch His name come up on the caller ID of our hearts and ignore the beckoning of the Star Breather and Universe Speaker? It would be foolish. We get the better end of the deal. We always change while God never does. We are unfaithful when He is faithful. We are broken when He is restoration.
Identify the three our four major enemies of intimacy with God in your life.
Distraction. Selfishness. Greed. Though I have everything I want more. Though I try to focus I am too easily pulled away from intimacy with Christ. I trade the Creator for His creation more often than not. I’m a broken man. I’m thankful for Christ’s restoration and hope.
Who can you share these with, asking for accountability in this journey?
I have a weekly accountability partner and friend named Matt Wilkins. He is a man after the heart of God and can call me on the carpet in any area.
How does the gift of Christ’s righteousness Paul talks about in verse 9 impact your pursuit of knowing God?
This righteousness is not my own. I can’t do anything to save myself. I can’t do anything to force or make God listen to me… I don’t have to.
Steve Fee sings in his song Hands of the Healer “Glory to the King who gave His life. Glory to the Lamb of sacrifice. Beautiful and broken. Holiness and Love. Glorious the wounded hands of God.” It reminds me of the beauty of God’s sacrifice so that He could have an intimacy with me.
Because of Christ and the righteousness I receive through His sacrifice I am able to draw near to God. That impacts my pursuit like crazy. I mean who wouldn’t do anything to give their life for the one who gave His life?
Yet still… I trade my affections for God for lesser things.
Why are we often more willing to pay a high price for earthly stuff than for intimacy with God?
These are the lesser things I just mentioned. Ever since Eden the Tempter has been at war with God to steal away our worship. He wants to steal our intimacy away and make us believe that we’re really getting something better in return. It’s hard there’s no doubt about that but we must be willing to hold fast to the hope we find in Christ. In the darkest of night rescue is birthed in Jesus.
Passion is the degree of difficulty we are willing to endure to reach our goal. - Riter
The “cost of discipleship,” though it may take all we have, is small when compared to the lot of those who don’t accept Christ’s invitation to be a part of His company in The Way Of Life - Dallas Willard