The Call to Intimacy with God

The Gospel addresses all of reality, every aspect of our lives, but it has within it a call to intimacy with God. This might be called “the heart part” of the Gospel. It’s God’s desire for intimacy with us and ours for intimacy with him. We need to get the heart part right. God calls for us, through Jesus Christ, to be united with him, and we need to respond. This begins as spiritual listening with the heart and develops as a desire to know God fully and fully enter into God’s love. It is made possible by a dying and emptying of self and the developing experience of the infilling of God’s love. It is a practice of abiding in Christ, and through it a transformation of mind takes place, a change of consciousness. This dynamic sharing of God’s nature recreates each of us and opens us to the mind of Christ and life in the Spirit. It draws us to be expressions of God’s love and action in the world. We seek to be established in union with God and recognize God’s presence and action in all the aspects of our lives. As the Apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19 (ESV), we seek "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God."

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