“Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’
Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?’” (John 14:8-9)
Being with someone for a long period of time does not constitute an intimate relationship. This passage from the gospel of John proves that it is possible to be with someone almost constantly and never get to know them. Jesus’ response to Phillip drives this home. We can give our lives to the Lord, attend church regularly, and read our Bible religiously; but it does not mean that we know God.
If we are not careful, we can replace our relationship with Him with our works for Him. In Matthew 7:23, Jesus said “depart from me, I never knew you.” He promised to use those words when judgment came for those who were doing the works (even works like casting out devils and prophesying) but who never took the time to cultivate an intimate relationship with Him.
Getting to know the Lord goes hand in hand with believing in Him. This comes through spending time with Him and in His Word. When you are that close to someone you begin to learn their character, their ways. You will begin to see and experience their heart. When you have this intimate relationship with someone it is easy to believe what they say. What can you do today to develop intimacy with your Father?
Father, I pray that we would draw closer to you. As we seek intimacy and love, I pray that we will turn to you first. You created us for You. You are the creator of true intimacy. May we learn to love from the one who knows best. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Today, develop intimacy with your Heavenly Father by beginning this Life Lesson on Portraits of the Christ.
Read “Discover the Real Jesus” by Dr. Bill Bright