Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ’You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
About a year ago I remember asking God a simple, sincere question, “What is Your heart?” He gave me one word in response. It was “relationship”. As I pondered this thought, I realized that this is what it’s all about. Intimacy with the Father. Everything God did from creation to now was for relationship. He created us to be His family. When sin separated us from His presence, He immediately went to work to restore it and completed that work in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Right away I thought of David. Here we have the “man after God’s own heart”. Why was he called that? We know that he wasn’t a perfect man by any means. The reason he was given this title is because he was a man that would literally go after the heart of God. He sought God to do all His will (Acts 13:22). His songs express how he longed to be in the presence of God and would meditate on His law (Psalms 27:4, 119:97). This was a man who had an intimate relationship with the Father. Because of this, he was surrounded with God’s favor and enjoyed many victories even when it seemed impossible.
There is no denying that Jesus set the greatest example of all. In his ministry we see how he would separate himself from the crowds to enjoy time alone with the Father (Luke 5:16). Prayer was the key to the outpouring of miracles and revelations leading up to our redemption at the cross.
Now, we can enjoy the same level of intimacy with our Creator. The veil of separation has been removed. The world is looking for something real and has endured all the religion it can stand. What is needed and necessary is the revealing of the sons and daughters of God. We need to have such a close and intimate relationship with God that He illuminates our world around us, and so that His power may be demonstrated everywhere that we go. Just like Moses, we need to be lit up with the glory of God. That only happens when we spend time with Him.