Imagine that you have a girlfriend or a wife. In that relationship, you never see her face, never meet—you read about her, speak to her but never audibly the other way around and when you question her about it, she tells you that you have a deep inner personal relationship with her.
The above scenario leaves much to the imagination, but indeed, we have many today who speak about that concerning God. They say that they have a personal relationship with Him, but much is left to the imagination.
We witness the connection between Moses and God, and again we see it somewhat with Jesus and His Father, but otherwise there is NO prescription of this in the bible.
Some would have us believe that God only speaks in a whisper, so much so, that often times we don’t even know if it is Him who is speaking. Again, in other accounts throughout the scriptures, God’s voice is loud, terrible at times, and very, very real to all around the intended receiver.
In fact, while we have direct access to God, even though we are not a High Priest, we have access only by going through the ultimate High Priest and that is Jesus. Jesus is there standing in the gap speaking for us with His Holy Spirit.
Getting directly to the point: our access, our personal relationship with God’s spirit is first with Jesus, second with His Church and finally with His creation.
We are to experience that spiritual relationship one on one with members of His church—those who walk within His spirit and abide by his Spirit and of whom His spirit is indwelling.
Make no mistake about it. The only way to experience God is through His Son and His church. This means that we are not as Holy as we’d like others to see us and that an act of faith is required to provide service to others as commanded by Christ.
We should not kid others about our sanctification. True sanctification comes about as a result of giving and doing through action of our faith as it is expressed towards others. Here, the attention is not so much on us, but on our faith as it is manifested in reality.
This is a moment to moment, daily manifestation, not about mere words of piety.
It means getting down, getting dirty and hurting and sharing the pain that is generated as the outcome of being in this world with out brothers.
So then our communion is consummated by being and sharing with others through Christ. It is not about praying, reading the scriptures and then proclaiming our love. It is doing the love in which we proclaim and that which we have learned from the scriptures that establish us as a living testament in the act of doing.
In the end, it is a matter of pure logic. Would we ever marry someone we have never seen? Of course not. And the same is true in serving a God that we have never seen. WE see God through other Christians as they step up to the plate in announcing His presence. It is by that, we give witness to the goodness of the Spirit that is the embodiment of God. That is the God that is personal and that is the fundamentals of a personal relationship. It is performed through the body of Christ, His Church.