“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” ~ Proverbs 18:24
Is GOD your true friend? If He is… is He a close friend, or do you have Him on a visitor’s list… where He has to get your permission to drop by and see about you?
Thousands, if not millions of people, have GOD on their visitor’s list. They pay Him courtesy-calls, and between those calls… He is totally forgotten. Perhaps the call is paid once a week in the social function of praise or worship service. Or, if He’s lucky enough… GOD might get invited to a prayer service in the middle of the week.
I know that GOD extends His friendship toward us, but the question is, are we reciprocating… are we returning the favor? Are we responding appropriately?
If you recall, Jesus spoke about true friendship with others and with GOD. He said,
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” ~ John 15:12-14
GOD expects you and I to surrender what we love most… and all that we own, to Him. Things like:
- Our home
- Our business
- Our children
- Our plans
- Our future
- Our lives
We cannot flirt with GOD, now and then, and then pretend to be interested in Him, only when we want something from Him. GOD desires a real relationship; one where there is direct communication between us and Him – as often as is necessary for us to trust Him; and for Him to prove He can depend on us.
Without great sacrifice to GOD… of everything we count dear and precious, we can totally forget about being His friend.
Remember, GOD has already given the ultimate sacrifice for us. He has already sacrificed that which was the dearest to His heart on Calvary’s cruel cross so that you and I may have eternal life. He has already shown Himself a friend to us. Now it’s our turn. Are you willing?