Intimacy isn’t just revealing our secrets to another. Intimacy is about developing a relationship with another, inviting them into our space and trusting them, because we want to be changed.
When someone quits the faith, we need to look at what we’re doing. Stories like this should make us consider how we do church. “Some of our structures are good at forming us into Christians where the sum of faith is performance, not intimacy with Christ.”
The mission of Jesus gives history its arc. The mission of Jesus is the story’s thread. It is the logic of all that has happened and will happen. Paul called it the mystery!
We have all kinds of lenses that we choose. Certain Bible teachers, our personal preferences, religious practices, moral convictions, life priorities, ministries and careers, even relationships easily become our primary lens. And when we look through these, Jesus becomes a bit player in the story of our lives.