Truly, God is the best friend I have ever had. But, have I always been a friend to Him?! Sadly no. I am a child of His, a servant, a humbled sinner, saved by Grace who now more than ever desires to be His best friend.
I have always prided myself, in this life for the wonderful and rewarding friendships I have been able to foster over the years. I am truly blessed to have such long standing friendships with as many as I do. I love people, I love to help and I enjoy discovering what unifies us as much as what makes us unique, I celebrate that.
Again, true to His magnificent consistency, I had many levels of confirmation this week. As I laid in bed, having this dialogue rung through my head, I realized and started stringing all of the correlations together, I kind of love that how these things are plucked from my every day, day to day and by the end of the week, poof, there it is a theme or a common topic.
I watched another one of those remarkably encouraging evangelists who talked about how he graduated from servant to friend of God. How wonderful it was and how it transformed his walk and life. I too want that. I desire more than anything in this life to be considered by God to be His friend. I want to have those conversations, I want that total presence of Him as I go about my day. I have had moments, segments, seasons BUT I want more.
It is merely now an act of conscious desire. He knows and I know it, now I rely on Him to give me that feedback. He is always there it was always I that deferred to being the needy one. Truthfully, I was in such a condition that I probably couldn’t offer much more than my brokenness.
Now, I desire to be whole and equipped, protected and provided for so as to free me up so I can truly concentrate and focus on that intimacy with Him. I want to know what makes Him happy, I want to know exactly when I bring a smile to His face. I know He has a sense of humor, I want to laugh with Him. I want to be confident, not that I have such stature as to ever have Him consult me but I want to know His plans are, for myself, for this world, for tomorrow. I know I have His word. but I’m talking about a level deeper, the discernment similar and in real time just like how He leads me to my weekly message.
My desire is that it doesn’t stop with me. God can use more friends. Lots and lots need Him and take from Him, many serve Him but how many are truly His friend?!
“Draw near God and he will draw near you” (James 4:8)
Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”
John 15:4–6: Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of heaven and his righteousness.”
I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:9–11)