The Ultimate Friendship

 

Has God friended you yet? It’s quite different than a Facebook encounter. God’s friending goes beyond reaching out to a slew of people to become better acquainted. That’s not a bad thing, with people or with God. Millions go to church every Sunday hoping to get to know God better. That’s a good place to begin. But it’s not where we develop our friendship with God. No more than Facebook is where we develop true friendships with one another.        

    When God friended Abraham, a whole new world opened to the seventy-five year old patriarch. James 2:23 tells us, “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend.”  

Why did God friend Abraham? Because he believed God. We say we believe, but do we, really? The Greek word for believe is “to trust in, rely upon and adhere to.” True faith is more than intellectual assent to facts about God. The faith God honors is relational; it’s personal; it’s the ultimate friendship.

Abraham’s dream was to father a child. Was this practical? Was it humanly possible? No. Yet God promised his friend would father not only a son but a nation, as well. Abraham believed and God delivered. He not only blessed Abe personally with a family. He also blessed the whole world through him. (Genesis 12:1-4)

Why do you suppose we find it difficult to believe God? Consider this. What does He promise if we love and follow Him? *to meet all our needs, fulfill our desires and direct our paths. That about covers everything, doesn’t it? The question is are we willing to trust in, rely upon and adhere to God and His Word, whatever the cost?

John 15:13-14 reminds us, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”

Jesus laid down His life for us. In return, our friendship with Him is fused when we yield ourselves to Him as living sacrifices. (Romans 12:1-2) God loves us. Whatever we sacrifice on His behalf, God will replace with something better, more lasting and more rewarding.

Does your heart’s desire seem impractical? Does your dream seem impossible? Regardless of the obstacles and ramifications, if your desire/dream is from God, you may as well deal with it. More than likely, He won’t let you forget it or put it aside.

Your desire may be to enjoy an ultimate friendship with God. Or your goal may be to finish a project or trust God for something really big. Perhaps you’re wondering what you need to give up to obtain your goal. I’ve entertained this thought myself.

This morning I was struck by this statement by Oswald Chambers. “God never tells us to give up things just for the sake of giving them up, but He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having, namely life with Himself. It is a matter of loosening the bonds that hold back our lives.”

Remember this. When you respond to God’s friending you, you stand on hallowed ground. Look around you; look within. The God of the universe is at work in you!

                                                                               

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