Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Created to Crave: Part 9

The Life Giving Well of Intimacy

Very few people like to be alone.  Humans were designed to be connected with other people.  We find the greatest satisfaction when those connection are face to face, but even online connections can provide some of the relief that we seek.

The main problem we run into as we seek satisfaction for our craving for intimacy is sin.  Sin is destroys intimacy.  It rips apart the bridges of trust that have been built and sets fire to houses of love that were established.  I am guessing that all of us have experienced the pain of broken relationships caused by sin.

Sin even destroys our relationship with God.  Sin Not only causes us to miss out on the life sustaining personal relationships with other people, but it also causes us to miss out on the life generating relationship  with our Creator.  Sin is deadly.

The woman we met in John 4, the woman at the well, knew the pain of broken relationships and a lack of intimacy.  Jesus made a wonderful promise to this woman:
 Jesus replied, "Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." (John 4:13-14; NLT)

In Jesus our craving for intimacy begins to be met. The life generating relationship with God is uncovered creating a spring of life that make intimate relationships with other people possible.  The closer we get to Jesus the more our desire for intimacy is satisfied.

How does this happen?

1. Jesus restores our relationship to God.
The apostle Paul wrote:
 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:10-11; NLT). 
This is more than just a promise of going to heaven when we die.  We are promised a new relationship with God right now because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  I believe that we need to grab a hold of this promise and begin to live as if it is a present reality.  This requires a daily surrender to God and His purposes (Romans 12:1, 2) and trusting that God really does care about us (1 Peter 5:6, 7). Step out in faith and trust that God will reveal Himself along the way.

2. Jesus breaks down barriers.
Galatians 3:26-29 reads:
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.  There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you (NLT).
There are so many different barriers we erect as nations, cultures, and people that we make it extremely difficult to have relationships with people.  Our patriotism demands the we exclude this group of people and our family heritage says to avoid this group of people.  As individuals we our unwillingness to forgive or our jealousy becomes barriers preventing us from interacting with different people.

Here Paul reminds us that one of the jobs Jesus came to do was to tear down the walls which separated people.  God desires to have one huge family made up of people from every nation.  In him we find the power to tear down the walls that prevent us from building relationships with other people.

In Jesus our craving for intimacy is met.  It won't be completely satisfied as long as sin is a part of the world, but we will begin to look forward to the day it will be because of the little foretaste we receive as we follow Jesus.  Your longing for intimacy will not be satisfied any other way.

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