The goal of intimacy


 “David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”…” 1 Chronicles 11:17

 How does a pioneer work begin? What are the staff qualifications and what do the facilities look like?

1 Samuel 22: 1-2 gives us a hint of an answer. David is running from Saul and having to make a new start.  His first “mission’s base” is a hole in the ground – the cave of Adullam! A team of folks are drawn to him. At first glance they do not seem to be the most promising of people. Here we have the principle of “3D” pioneer teams. Do you have this vital “3D” qualification?

 “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him and he became their leader.”

 Distress, debt and discontent also make you more desperate for God. God uses desperate people! The successful “happy clappy” folk never really change the world!

So team life may be a bit stressful with such a group of folks! You have a cave, people in debt, distressed, discontented…and something else. You have David’s holy anointing! You have God’s heart, vision and passion residing in the cave as well. This is a transforming anointing. It changes “3D” Christians into “mighty men and women”. You may have a cave of problems but you will make it through if you have the passion and purpose of the “Jesus” anointing with you.

1 Chronicles 11: 10-47 shows us how these desperate folks were transformed into mighty warriors. One of the keys to such transformation is intimacy with the king. Our intimacy with “King Jesus” will effect positive change in our lives.

Some of David’s key men were so intimate that they could hear his longings. The Philistine garrison had occupied Bethlehem making it enemy territory. So what was David’s longing? What indeed is the longing of Christ?

He is thirsty to drink water from the wells of occupied lands!

 It is a missionary longing, a longing to see the living water of life springing up in the occupied hearts of the nations. Jesus longs to drink living water from Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu hearts.

Like the three mighty men, our intimacy with Christ, if it is genuine, must lead us to heed his apostolic passion.

This “hearing” of longing goaded them into concrete action and adventure.

 “So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David.”

True intimacy leads to breakthrough!

Courage rises, apathy is cast out and pioneer, persistent “breakthrough” prayer rises from faith filled hearts!

People become “risk takers”, fear is cast out and bold action in enemy territory undertaken.

False intimacy lacks missionary passion. It leads to more and more sterile meetings in comfortable halls and hotels. We soak in the stench of our hedonistic comfort zone, never taking an inch of territory in the real world.The “bridal paradigm” becomes an impotent wedding – the hotel was nice, the beach pleasant, the food good….but no real action!

True intimacy leads to personal sacrifice and “risk”.

 “Because they risked their lives to bring it back…”

The Three mighty men undertook bold action in a dangerous place which could have cost them their lives. The longing of their King inspired their wild dream! They truly lived on the edge, enjoying the fellowship of the bold and the “sold out”.

True intimacy leads to “poured out” worship.

 “But he refused to drink it; instead he poured it out before the Lord.”

 All the glory of the missionary endeavor of the Church goes back to Christ. No prominent heroes only prostrate worshippers.

So the goal of intimacy is to overhear the longings of Jesus to “drink” from occupied lands. Intimacy will give us a missionary heart willing to take risks to satisfy our King.

He also longs to drink from the wells of your own heart which may be occupied by the enemy in sin and unbelief. Come close to Him and breakthrough into fresh anointing and grace. Allow Him to drink deeper in your own life.

 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”    John 7:37-38

 May new streams of worship and love pour forth from you to satisfy the thirst of Jesus.

 So, I wish you a very happy “Bridal Paradigm”.

Enjoy your intimacy and take territory!



4 responses »

  1. Rob,

    Thanks again for this – I’m in Korea with Hong and his band of merry men attempting to set RRI up to “change our audience” as Hong puts it. The 3Ds is encouraging.

    Much love to you and the family,

    Nick Ashley

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