INTIMACY - The Heartbeat of Creativity

Codye Reystead

Intimacy is our determined intention to draw close to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—learning to abide in God. It is a keen awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity to the heart of God. It is learning first how to draw close to His Presence and then practicing a lifestyle of remaining close.

Drawing close to the heart of God and intimately knowing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is not only entirely possible, but also part of our inheritance in Jesus. It is in the heart of God, as a good, good Father, for His sons and daughters to yearn for His Presence. He has and always will desire for His children to draw near to Him—to intimately know His heart and to dwell in His Presence.

Intimacy is relational at its core, meaning that any intimate relationship requires focused intentionality to maintain.

As His creative sons and daughters, we must be purposeful to maintain our intimacy with God. In like manner, if we are going to reflect His heart, we must first draw near and remain close to His heart.

Think of a mirror. In essence, a mirror intimately knows whatever it is placed closest to. It serves as a reflection or a mirror image of whatever it is placed by. If it’s a high-quality mirror, it will reflect its subject with great brilliance and accuracy. On the other hand, if the mirror is unkept, dusty, or neglected, it will misrepresent or distort the image of its subject. An unkept mirror simply can’t host an authentic reflection. In like manner, what is true in the natural is true in the supernatural. Your heart is as a mirror, capable of reflecting the heart of God when it is maintained and positioned close to the heart of God.

As creatives, in order to reflect the heart of God with authenticity, we must intentionally keep our hearts positioned next to His. This intentional lifestyle of intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is powerful, often serving as the first step and propelling us into our creative journeys with God.

The foundation, the very essence of a Kingdom-creative lifestyle is intimacy with God.

As we establish that intimacy, our God-driven creativity softens the soil of our hearts, cultivating seeds of an even deeper intimacy with God. Those seeds of intimacy then flourish and nourish our creativity, causing it to prosper as well. Creativity and intimacy are beautifully interwoven, acting as catalysts of increase to one another. In the Kingdom, both intimacy and creativity form a continuous cycle, each benefiting the other and drawing us deeper into the heart of God.

Once intimacy is firmly established, the desire to be in His Presence becomes like air for our spirits and is an essential need for the survival of our inner man. We yearn for God just as the physical body desires oxygen. For the Kingdom creative, intimacy with God becomes super- natural nourishment—manna for the journey; and without it, our inner man will perish.

Jesus [said], “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty (John 6:35 NLT).

Jesus answered, “If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!” (John 4:13-14 TPT).

Jesus still desires to be our holy sustenance. He desires to be our life, our breath–our everything. And it is our intimacy with Jesus that will serve as our anchor–sustaining us in our creative callings and destinies. When we intentionally position our hearts closer to the Father’s through intimacy with Jesus, we are in essence shoring up our inner man for all that lies ahead. What’s more, God is ever-faithful to draw nearer to those who engage in the creative journey with Him!

Up next week; “Communion-Friendship and Fellowship with our Creator”

Codye Reystead

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