Theism means that a person believes in a God who is experienced individually and personally. This is true for us as Christians; however, the beauty of life in the Kingdom is that we also participate in the reality of Jesus through other people. We relate to Him vertically but we also relate horizontally — we triangulate in such a manner that we learn about who He is in community.
For example, in Christian marriage counseling, it is taught that as a husband and wife move toward God, they also move closer to each other. However, it is an often overlooked fact that the opposite is also true. As two human beings run the race of life together on a tight track and bond with each other, their potential to relate to their Heavenly Father also increases exponentially. In other words, individuals connecting deeply as friends can experience God’s love through the other person and then draw nearer to Him vertically as a result.
Yes, we experience God in solitude and silence during our private prayer times, but we also learn about Him from our spouse, children, best friends, next door neighbors and even through the process of reconciling with and loving our enemies. This is the incredible thing about life in the Kingdom of Heaven; since Jesus lives in us, we encounter His presence in a triangle, through both vertical and horizontal relationship. Isn’t that a cool thought?