YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE
Day 12: Developing your friendship with God
“Draw close to God and God will draw close to you.” (James 4:8)
Like any friendship, you must work at developing your friendship with God. It won’t happen by accident. It takes desire, time and energy. If you want a deeper, more intimate connection with God you must learn to honestly share your feelings with him, trust him when he asks you to do something, learn to care about what he cares about, and desire his friendship more than anything else.
I must choose to be honest with God: God doesn’t expect you to be perfect, but he does insist on complete honesty.
In the Bible, the friends of God were honest about their feelings, often complaining, second-guessing, accusing, and arguing with their Creator.
God allowed Abraham to question and challenge him over the destruction of the city of Sodom.
To be God’s friend, you must be honest to God, sharing your true feeling, not what you think you ought to feel or say. Releasing your resentment and revealing your feeling is the first stop to healing.
I must choose to obey God in faith: Every time you trust God’s wisdom and do whatever he says, even when you don’t understand it, you deepen your friendship with God.
We obey God, not out of duty or fear or compulsion, but because we love him and trust that he knows what is best for us.
Unbelievers often think Christians obey out of obligation or guilt or fear of punishment, but the opposite is true. Because we have been forgiven and set free, we obey out of love – our obedience brings great joy!
Jesus said, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes your joy will overflow!” (John 15: 9-11)
True friendship isn’t passive; it acts. When Jesus asks us to love others, help the needy, share our resources, keep our lives clean, offer forgiveness, and bring others to him, love motivates us to obey immediately.
Great opportunities may come once in a lifetime, but small opportunities surround us every day. Even through such simple acts as telling the truth, being kind, and encouraging others, we bring a smile to God’s face.
I must choose to value what God values: The more you become God’s friend, the more you will care about the things he cares about, grieve over the things he grieves over, and rejoice over the things that bring pleasure to him.
What does God care about most? The redemption of his people. He wants all his lost children found! To be a friend of God, you must care about all the people around you whom God cares about.
I must desire friendship with God more than anything else: Intimate friendship with God is a choice. Start asking God to give the passion to you, and keep on asking until you have it. Pray this throughout your day.
“Dear Jesus, more than anything else, I want to get to know you intimately”.
It is a relationship that will last forever.
Remember it’s your choice.
Summarized from Purpose driven life written by Rick Warren