Intimacy Matters | Morning Devotions... On the Back Porch..... With Coffee!
We only reproduce what we become intimate with.
When the Angel told Mary she would conceive a son, her reply was, how can it be? I haven't been intimate with a man. She couldn't reproduce a man because she wasn't intimate with a man, however, she could reproduce God because she was intimate with God! We will always reproduce what we are intimate with!
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” Luke 1:26-34
If you're intimate with ministry, you'll reproduce ministry. If you're intimate with church, you'll reproduce church culture. Neither of these are bad, unless they are void of The Spirit of God. Intimacy is the key to birthing what God has planned for you. Intimacy is the gateway to destiny! Nobody can lay hands on you and impart intimacy to you. You have to build your own history with God. Intimacy matters, and there's no shortcuts to intimacy!
All to often we are trying to gain favor with God through our acts of service or our personal achievements. I can remember praying, asking God to help me and then listing off a large number of things I have done for him. In essence I was telling God how good I was, and basically saying, what's wrong with you?
Your favor with God won't come by what you do. You found favor with Him when you said yes to Jesus, and that favor grows through spending time with Him. Building intimacy. You are not a human doing, you are a human being! Just being with Him!
God has extended a beautiful invitation to each of us to come like Mary, and sit at His feet and spend time with Him, enjoying His presence. The more time I spend with Him, the more I become intimate with Him. The more I become intimate with Him, the more I reproduce Him on the Earth.
We will only reproduce what we are intimate with!