And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them (Mk. 9:2 ESV).
Believers may experience three different levels of intimacy with God. When we receive Jesus at salvation, we are all made God’s children, and brought into an intimate relationship with Him; however, we will experience different levels of intimacy with Him from a practical day-to-day standpoint.
By definition, intimacy with God describes the degree of personal experience, consecration, dedication, devotion, and relationship a believer has with Him. While we are all children of God as believers, we are each dedicated, or devoted, to Him differently. God does not choose which of His children to be closest to Him each day. We do.
We see these levels of intimacy amongst Jesus disciples. In the midst of many that followed Him, few truly believed Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus had a larger group of 70 who were close to Him, yet not so close. Then He had a group of 12 who were closer to him, but still were not the closest. The scriptures give us their names, and we call them Apostles today. However, amongst these 12, three men knew Jesus better than the rest. Peter, James, and John were the closest to Him of all His followers. Jesus often selected them for special events, such as the transfiguration above.
Understanding the circles of intimacy will shed light on many other things, such as why one believer can thrive spending one minute in prayer every day, while another believer needs hours in God’s presence daily. It depends on where you are in the circle of intimacy.
Who makes the decision regarding what circle of intimacy you are in today as a child of God?
APPLY THE WORD
Move from the 70, to the 12, and then to the 3. Get closer to the Father!
Tell the Lord that you want to be more intimate with Him from today.
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