But you, O Israel, my servant Jacob whom I have chosen, the offspring of Jacob, MY FRIEND… fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I AM your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Is 41:8-10)
Imagne being called a friend of God! Wow! Abraham was called a friend of God, but me, am I called a friend of God?
Yes, I am!
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I call you friends, for all that I have heard from the Father I have made known to you. (Jn 15:15)
So am I known as a friend of God? Do I act as if I am a friend of God? Am I stunned that God should choose me as His friend? Am I amazed that God, the living God, the Almighty One should so stoop to be my friend? Am I in awe of His commitment to me?
if my answer is yes, then what should my response be?
🔹One of joy, praise, deep thanksgiving, and worship.
🔹 One of trust – This is my God, the creator of the ends of the earth, He is the One who is with me to strengthen, help and uphold me.
🔹 One of eagerness to nourish and protect this friendship at all costs, to make it count, to put it above all others.
So reflecting then on a new year, am I going to make being a friend of God a priority in my life? Am I going to seek to know Him more, love Him more, follow Him more, trust Him more, obey Him more? Am I going to make 2018 a year of friendship with God?
To do so, will take commitment, discipline, time, priority but yes won’t it be so worth it to be a friend of God!?