Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Day 12 of Lent :: Into-me-see

“The thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”
Luke 2:35

Reflection: Think of a time when you felt really close to God. Take a moment as you reflect and journal about what it was like.

What was going on in your life at that time?

What was special about your time with God?

“And they were both naked, the man and his wife,
and were not ashamed.”
(Genesis 2:25)

Intimacy could be defined “in-to-me-see.” Adam and Eve, before the Fall, were both “naked” before each other and “were not ashamed.” Nakedness here wasn’t merely a physical reality, there were bare and open with all of who they were: mind, emotions, and body. They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Adam could completely see-in-to Eve and vice versa. There was no pretense nor hesitation.

The same was true with their relationship with God.

After the Fall,
the human race became guarded to one another and God. We are prone to settle for relationship that exist primarily on the surface level. When we exist like this with God and others, we are not functioning as God designed us to function – intimate with Himself and others.

Reflection: What do you think about the statement,

“Our intimacy with God is only as deep
as our intimacy with others?”

Can we truly be intimate with God, while closed off to others?

On the “in-to-me-see” meter, where are you in your relationship with God and others?

Action: This week, approach your relationship with God and others with a purpose not to settle for mere superficial, surface-level interactions. Look for tangible ways to give of yourself to others.

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