Face to Face: Time with Jesus
Time with Christ is crucial for intimacy and compassion to grow in all our relationships. Jesus set the example for us; He regularly spent time alone with God the Father in prayer. The better we know our Savior and understand who we are in Christ, the richer our lives become.
It is hard to imagine that God longs to have an intimate relationship with us; but intimacy is exactly what God desires. The very God who gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life, desires an intimate relationship with each of us. Salvation is the goal; but, it is not the end, it is only the beginning.
Choosing the title “Face to Face” for this section was to emphasize intimacy with God. The phrase “Face to Face” is in Exodus 33:11, “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” In the bible study titled “James: Mercy Triumphs”, Beth Moore explains that even though Moses never saw the Lord’s face (Exodus 33:23), he came presence to presence with God. She emphasized that spending intentional time, presence to presence, with God is necessary for intimacy and friendship to flourish.
Do not overlook the last part of Exodus 33:11 which says, “…as one speaks to a friend.” Can we be friends with God? Yes, we can.
“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,
and he was called God’s friend.”
Intimacy is a longing we are born with. We try to fill it with family, friends, husbands, and children. Ultimately, we feel like there is still something missing. The need for intimacy is what Blaise Pascal described as an “infinite abyss” that can only be filled by God. Only a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior will fill the hole and satisfy our longing for intimacy.
Friendship with Christ requires “good food.” Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst,” (John 6:35). Intentionally filling the void with God’s Word and prayer is necessary for an intimate friendship with Christ to grow.