One day my friend and I were having a conversation and I asked her, “What is eternal life?“Like everyone else, she answered that eternal life is about going to heaven. But that’s not what God says. The Word of God says in John 17:3, And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. So is eternal life and intimacy with God connected?
In the above verse, the word ‘know’ is the same word that was used in Genesis 4:1 – Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Also in Matthew 1:25 The word of God says “and knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn Son. “
So, the word “know” meant intimacy! So eternal life with God means to have intimacy with God.
To Know God
When we have a new friend, we make sure to spend time with them until we get to know them completely. Many of us think that going to church once a week is the answer to knowing God. No, that’s not right. To know God, we must spend some personal time with Him every day. Like a small child who cannot be away from his mother.
When disciples asked Lord Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Lord Jesus didn’t say a man who is self-made, or self-sufficient but the word of God says in Matthew 18:2-3,
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Little Children Or Adults
When God tells us to be little children, it doesn’t mean to act childish. A little child in front of God is one who trusts God and His Word no matter what the circumstances. A little child says papa God because you said it so will it be. And, a little child totally believes what the Father has to say without a doubt and depends on the Father for everything.
But how do I know God?
There’s no better way to know God than knowing His Word. Knowing the Word is knowing God. When you read the word, it is like you are having a conversation with God and getting to know His heart and mind on matters that concern you. Not only that, you get to know His promises for your life.
King David found most pleasure in spending time with God. He made sure to have ‘set apart’ time for God while being a King.
The word of God says “One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4
No wonder David was called a man after God’s heart. Besides having your new year resolutions this year, may it be your spiritual goal to seek God every day and know Him intimately. Like that one thing David desired, let it be our one desire to pursue Intimacy with God! Let us be known as women after God’s heart.