Day One: Intimacy with God

2 Corinthians 5:13 (NIV) – If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.

“Learn to live in the intimate love of God. Believe that God can take you who are well fed and well clothed and make you hungry, thirsty, desperate, and completely dependent on your Father’s love so that your eyes will see those around you who are in need of fresh bread from heaven. If you are that someone in the desert who will die without a drink of water, God can pour out His Spirit so that your heart is compelled by love.” [Baker, Heidi. Compelled by Love, 8.]

It’s not difficult to see Heidi Baker’s passionate love for the most broken and destitute people in the world. What we don’t see as easily is what compels her to love – an intimate “out of her mind” love for Jesus. It is her active intimacy with Christ that results in her love for others. Without this personal intimacy, it is not possible for her to love and it is not possible for us to love. May our love for others begin here – with an intimate love for our Lord.

As we worship to the song “Lord I Need You” (tap here) by Matt Maher, let’s confess our need for him and be drawn into His presence today. Let’s experience afresh his deep love for us.

– DW