Day 4

Jesus Preaches the Sermon on the Mount, Part 2

from the Matthew reading plan

Matthew 6:1-34, Matthew 7:1-29, 1 Chronicles 29:11-13, 1 John 2:28-29

BY Raechel Myers

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:1-34, Matthew 7:1-29, 1 Chronicles 29:11-13, 1 John 2:28-29

Pull up a chair, girls. We’re going to have a conversation about intimacy. Yep—“husband and wife” intimacy. It may very well make you blush, but I promise to keep it PG, and I promise it’s all part of a very important point.

The Bible often refers to the Church as the Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:22-33). Our relationship with Jesus is like a marriage—but in a perfect way. He makes us beautiful, then admires us as we walk down the aisle toward Him on our wedding day (Revelation 19:6-9). Perfectly pure. Impeccably white. Kind of awesome.

So now comes that part about intimacy.

Let’s say, physically speaking, there are varying levels of intimacy. Those levels might begin with any sort of public display of affection and graduate all the way to the most intimate, behind-closed-doors, one-flesh moments meant to be shared only between a husband and wife. It’s really nobody’s business, and it’s deeply personal. A husband and wife are, indeed, one flesh. The intimate covenant they share, like Christ’s covenant with us, is sacred.

When it comes to our relationship with God, it can be the same way. There’s PDA and then there’s sacred intimacy. There are grand public gestures of skywriting and singing telegrams (praying on the street corner “to be seen by people,” as Matthew put it in 6:5). And then there is knowing the love language of God: taking time in secret to show Him the only affections you’re chasing after are His. Pursuing Him privately, closing the doors, enjoying sacred intimacy.

Any relationship that only goes as deep as public displays, or mere physical intimacy without an emotional bond and commitment, is not true intimacy. This is what Jesus warns the crowds about in Matthew 6:1, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward with your Father in heaven.”

Jesus doesn’t want your love to be a spectacle. He wants it to be sacred. He wants you to seek Him and His kingdom first, before everything and everyone else (Matthew 6:33).

In a marriage—in any relationship that lasts past the honeymoon phase—intimacy takes intentionality. Sometimes it takes scheduling regular dates on the calendar, even committing to block out distractions and making space for, ahem, intimacy on a regular basis. Intimacy can be enjoyed organically, only when it is supported intentionally. Jesus told us this: “But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6).

How are you pursuing intimacy as the Bride of Christ? Are you intentionally closing the doors, scheduling dates, and setting aside time in order for your relationship to deepen? Or are you publically kissing Him, then living as strangers at home? Is your prayer life simply a spectacle, or is it spectacularly sacred?

To know Jesus personally is to be in loving relationship with Him, one where He longs to be gracious to us because He loves us (Isaiah 30:18). The God who calls us His treasured possession is also the greatest treasure our hearts will ever know (Deuteronomy 7:6; Matthew 6:21). The intimacy and acceptance we crave is waiting for us.

“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

– Matthew 7:7


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148 thoughts on "Jesus Preaches the Sermon on the Mount, Part 2"

  1. Joann says:

    Thanks for this revelation-ary insight! It has provided such a great context for me for my walk with

  2. Lindsey Bailey says:

    In thinking further about this idea of intimacy, which I love, I also thought about how fruit comes from intimacy. We don’t have a baby from P.D.A. (Unless we are Mary). We have that baby from intimacy. Life is formed from behind closed doors when two flesh becomes one flesh. We will not produce good fruit until intimacy with God takes place. I struggle daily to walk in His righteousness. I pray righteousness is born from my intimacy with God, so a legacy of faith can flow from my life.

    1. Mandy says:

      That’s good!

  3. Kelsey Senak says:

    Hey you! So true! “What’d done in secret”. Who are we showing off for? It’s all about who we are when no one is watching.

  4. Amelia says:

    Wow! I never truly understood when the bible speaks about the bride of Christ. What a great analogy, I get it now- thank you!! On top of my daily devotionals, I’ve decided this year to take time out of “the world” and off social media at least one evening a week to devote more quiet time to a God. Starting today. This devotional came at the right time and is such a clear confirmation from God to me that it is the right thing to do.

  5. Bethany Kime says:

    So much truth! What an impactful way to view our relationship with Christ. I’m a mom of four and I’m just now making “me time” a priority to revel in my quiet place (with coffee) in Jesus.

  6. Cindy Carfa says:

    This is a great analogy! And very convicting. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through you. I must be more intentional in cultivating with my intimacy with Christ. I weep because I feel like I’m so far from Him & sometimes feel like I’ve been abandoned. I know that is the enemy just trying to isolate me. Any distance or abandonment I feel is my own doing. One of my “words” for this year is “fit”. I want to be spiritually fit, physically fit, emotionally fit, etc. My new word is “intentional”. I want to be more intentional in my endeavors to be fit. And the only way any of that will be accomplished is by finding, creating that intimacy with the Lord.

  7. Heather DavisonJensen says:

    Thank you. Beautifully put and challenging.

  8. Stephanie Baker says:

    I don’t generally comment on these things, but that was really good. Feeling strong conviction about how my husband (Jesus) and I have been putting on a public show with little true intimacy. Thanks for the thought word!❤️️

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