This is one of my favorite Scriptures in the Bible. It is absolutely saturated with freedom and love.
We who have dedicated our lives to Jesus are currently in the most intimate union that a human being can possibly have with anyone or anything. The depth to which you experience that union, just like a marriage or any relationship, depends on how much time you are willing to invest in it.
Jesus is all in on His part. He holds nothing back from us. He has done this willingly, not out of obligation because he has to love you. He wants to be your wisdom, your righteousness, your sanctification, you redemption. He is all those things to those of us in Him. Check this out:
“He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” – Romans 8:32
God genuinely loves us with everything He has, and has freely given us all things. Most people don’t experience the depth of that union with Christ because they are not all in themselves. It’s like being in a marriage where you go through the ceremony and make the vows, but afterward you spend all your time chilling with Netflix while your spouse is in the kitchen wishing you two could go out to a romantic date night.
The marriage is intact. You two are in a sort of union, committed, but your attention is not on her, so even though you may feel happy in your marriage, you can never experience the true beauty of full dedication to your spouse, in investing true time and effort into your marriage. The intimacy level is equal to what you put into it. Our relationship with God is the same.
You can live your life saved and content in your relationship with God, but there is a depth of union, of presence and power and anointing that can only be released through prayer and consecration to him. It isn’t a sin to chill, but it is truth that the more time you put into a relationship the more you get out of it, and God never gets sick of you. He wants all of you to the extent He gave all of Himself to you, which is absolutely everything.
We often believe that God is holding back from us and we have to beg and plea with Him to get results in our lives, but the truth is He already gave everything. We hold ourselves back.
Whenever the disciples tried to do miracles and failed, Jesus never told them it wasn’t possible or wasn’t God’s will, He said it was because they were limited by their own lack of faith. In God it is always “yes and amen!” but we for some reason allow ourselves to be deceived into believing God says no more than anything else.
“For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].” Colossians 2:9-10 AMP
And Colossians 1:19 restates this by adding: “For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him permanently.”
He didn’t do this begrudgingly or because He somehow had to. It pleased the Father, he was happy and chose to do it because He wanted us to be absolutely, blastedly full of Him, so full and content that we can’t help but spill all over everyone around us with His joy!
I have lived my life determined to have a few regrets as possible, and I think most people feel that way, not wanting regrets at the end of this life. There could be no greater regret anyone could ever have than to reach the end and realize they never at least attempted to delve into the depths of intimate union with Holy Spirit. He has held nothing back from us, only we put limits on our relationship with Him. Give it all to Him, take the leap, it is never the wrong choice and never a choice you will regret.