Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Close to God

"Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.  Simon Peter there motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He [Jesus] spoke.  Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast, he said to Him, 'Lord, who is it?'"
(John 13:23-25).

Oh, how many are the times that I have heard the seemingly ageless cliche', "It's not what you know, but it's who you know!"  As much as I have despised that phrase at different points of my life, I truly do understand it to have a solid basis in reality.  And, when you think with an eternal perspective, "what" will only get you so far, drop you off, and let you fall.  But, "who" will pick you up and take you further than you could have ever accomplished while riding solo.

This was the relationship that the Apostle John had with Jesus.  It wasn't based on ceremony or obligation.  It wasn't ritual.  It was relational.  How awesome for John to be so close to Jesus that he could actually feel the beat of His divine heart!!  And, Jesus did not mind.  It can easily be concluded that Jesus welcomed this closeness.  This intimacy was recognized by the other disciples as Peter asked John to ask Jesus for clarification on what Jesus had just spoken.  Jesus had just made a comment in regards to the one who would betray Him.  So, Peter, seeing the closeness John had with Jesus, questioned him for answers.

This is the type of relationship that God desires for us all.  To be so close Jesus that we are living in the rhythm of His heartbeat.  Is this the intimacy that you desire with Jesus?  Our desire for intimacy with Jesus is that it be so overwhelming in our lives that its evidence spills over.  Don't ever be satisfied with the ritual of religion, but seek the closeness of relationship, which should be the focus of religion.  Each day, we need to live with a purpose to pursue and to enjoy that intimacy with Jesus.

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