By Heather Stahlman

Jesus longs to give each of us breakthrough in life to know Him deeper and in a more intimate and real way. He wants nothing more than to give us His glory and make us one with Him as He is one with our Father in heaven (John 17:22-25).

He often gives us breakthroughs to His glory step by step so that He doesn’t overwhelm us. I picture these perfectly planned promotions by visualizing different accounts in His Word.

For the first level of knowing Jesus, the account of the woman at the well comes to mind. I can just imagine that scene at Jacob’s well! One hot afternoon, Jesus was weary and fatigued but more hungry and eager to bring light to who He is to a desperate and hopeless outcast. When the Samaritan woman understood who Jesus was and is, that encounter of breakthrough instantly changed her life! She was so amazed and filled with His living water that she left her jug and ran back to town to testify who Jesus was to others. That’s usually what happens when we come to know Jesus. We are instantly transformed and we can’t keep it in. We have to share the Good News with all we know, because their very souls depend on it.

Another level of glory and breakthrough is hearing the Word of God and it translating into faith with action. I think of the hemorrhaging woman who was so desperate for healing. She had heard of Jesus’ healing power and believed it for herself, so she had to do something! She pushed through a crowd in spite of the social distancing laws she was held to at the chance of knowing His healing power personally. This act of faith combined with action changed her life instantly! I think of Jesus’ words, “It shall be done to you according to your faith” (Matthew 9:29b NASB).

Yet another level of intimacy with Jesus is being still and sitting at His feet like Mary. Recognizing there is no one or no thing that can compare to His lovingkindness, peace, and truth beckons us to be still and listen for what He longs to say to us. The circumstances and situations at hand can wait for our attention as we give all of who we are to Him. As the Psalm 42 says, ‘as the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God’.

I think the ultimate level of knowing Jesus is going from His feet to sitting in His lap and receiving His embrace like a small child. Compared to all of the disciples’ descriptions, I love how Mark depicts Jesus' encounter with the small children. Mark 10:14-16 says that Jesus said, “Permit the children to come to Me do not hinder them for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.” Oh, to truly know His deep affections and love for us! Let us continually fix our eyes on Jesus to know Him more as He gives us breakthrough from glory to glory.