Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friends with Jesus? Is it possible?

These are just some observations that I have made in my studies of the Word of God. There are several times in the Bible where different people have been called friends with God. Jesus plainly tells you that you can become one of his friends in the New Testament.

Think for a moment about friendships in general. Our pastor once told us that most people can count their true friends on just one hand. He wasn't talking about people you know, or have met. He was talking about someone who cares about you. Someone you know you could call on for help in needed, and they would not hold it over your head in the future.

Jesus chooses you to have the potential to become his friend. The reason I say that you have the potential is because there are stipulations (for lack of a better word) on the friendship just as there are with human friendships. John 15:14 tells you what they are. ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
This he said just after letting them know that his commandment was that they were to love one another just as he had loved them. That was in verse 12.

If we accept his offer of friendship, then we are no longer a servant only, we have access to information that the 'world' or the lost people do not have. verse 15.

What are you doing with that information? This is what counts. Jesus wants us to use the knowledge that he gives us to witness to our families, and our earthly friends. The knowledge that he is holy and we are to be holy, does that make you strive to make your life a cleaner, clearer example of what God wants his friends to be like?

The old saying " you are known by the friends you keep." Are you known by the "friend" you keep? Life is short, this life will soon be over, are you ready to stand in front of your 'Friend' at judgement and say, " I tried to be the best friend that I could."

God Bless you this day,


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