“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” (John 15:9)
Jesus is constantly calling us to an intimate relationship with Himself. The entire story of the Bible from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 is entwined around a relationship of love between the Triune God and the human race. And we must note that the kind of love relationship God desires is one of perfect intimacy. Where we are in Him and He in us. A union so deep that Jesus begins to express Himself and manifest His glory through you. This is Jesus’ desire for every human being. That is why He came and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
But how do we enter into this depth of intimacy with Jesus?
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37, 38 NKJV Emphasis added). In this beautiful invitation, Jesus has mentioned different stages in the progression to intimacy with Him.
There is an innate thirst in every man’s soul for that which is beyond the natural. A thirst for the supernatural. At salvation, the Holy Spirit gives man a measure of understanding of this thirst. And man is able to know by revelation that what he needs is the supernatural love and mercy of God. After we have received Christ, this thirst remains. And we by the Holy Spirit have to preserve its purity by seeking for satisfaction in Christ alone. This moves us to Come to Jesus.
This act of coming to Jesus first takes place in your heart. This is where you really and actually surrender all. You lose your life here. It is continuous and progressive. And this is what allows for Jesus to manifest and reveal Himself to you so you can Drink of Him.
As you spend time communing with God in worship, prayer and the Word, you begin to soak in and absorb the Person, Nature, Presence, and Glory of Jesus. Note, Christ manifests all these to you only because you come, not because you pray. You can pray and not be drinking. You can only drink when you come.
This whole process feeds on your trust and faith in God. It is a supernatural thing. Unbelief robs your soul of the reality of this revelation.