Desired to speak about two different subjects, yet was lead to present something completely different at this time. It regards a matter this person doesn’t necessary want to speak about, although this message was never about me. If it was, would never have returned. Would have kept all of this to myself.
Was lead to speak about friendship. This is because most people do not understand what friendship means – they usually get it mixed up with acquaintance. An acquaintance, for example, is someone who is slightly known, a formal type of intimacy. In other words, it is a relationship based primarily on etiquette. A friend, on the other hand, is someone who is well known. It is based on a relationship which includes a strong, informal intimacy.
Here is an example. When you meet someone for the first time, you follow a proper speaking arrangement according to the environment and situation you are meeting in. In other words, there are certain rules of etiquette that you follow. As you grow to learn about the individual, you become more lax, willing to share and speak about more sensitive subjects.
In most cases, connections with others remains limited – given that you may not see eye to eye with that person or have limited your investment towards the relationship.
When many go to the Father, their relationships remain limited to the rules of convention. They see him primarily through the visage of tradition and ceremony. This is because there is a limited investment in the relationship. They do not fully see eye to eye with him, having issues with particular rules of etiquette he requires.
Take for instance the writings in scripture, particularly the Torah. When the people of Israel first came out of Egypt to learn of the Father’s ways, he started out by presenting commands they were to follow. This is because it started out as a formal relationship. Moses, on the other hand, had an informal relationship with the Father. He could speak with the Father in a relaxed, yet respectful manner. Because of this intimacy he became an intercessor for the people.
You see, the people of Israel didn’t know the Father as Moses did. The commandments were simply a doorway towards that knowing. When the people failed in keeping these basic principles, the relationship became very limited. It would get so bad at times that the people would be driven out of the land. It reminds me of the words Yahshua gave in the book of Matthew: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’”
The root meaning of Jedi is ‘to know.’ To know the Father means relationship. Without relationship, there is no release. There is no intimacy.
As Yoda stated in the movies, “You will know… when you are calm, at peace. Passive.” Please note this informality.
People may call themselves a Jedi, yet if there is not a complete investment to the relationship, limiting it to a formality, then they are not fulfilling that role. Only those who have fully committed to the relationship can partake of this calling. “A Jedi must have the deepest commitment,” said Yoda, “the most serious mind.”
That seriousness today has fallen by the wayside.
Do not follow the titles men give to themselves. This will only promote their insecurity. You will know them by their fruit. It is the fruit which shows if they have the intimacy required.
Let me share a visual representation of what is spoken here. Note the limitation and testing in the acquaintanceship, and that one is called to go beyond it: