"I have called you My friends."
John 15: 15, Amplified Bible
EXPLORATION: "Call Me Your Friend"
"How good is the God we adore, our faithful unchangeable friend! His love is as great as His power, and knows neither measure nor end!"
What qualities do I look for when choosing a friend?
Does my current relationship with God make me feel as though we are "friends?"
"We plan - and God steps in with another plan for us and He is all-wise and the most loving friend we have always helping us."
"Come near to God, and He will come near to you."
James 4: 8, N.I.V.
There's a saying, "Time flies when you're having fun." I'd like to revise this saying t "Time flies when you're with a friend." A few weeks ago I went to lunch with several girlfriends. Over the summer months we hadn't seen each other and had some catching up to do. We thought 1 ½ hours would be plenty of time. It wasn't! Three hours into our time together and we realized we hadn't even scratched the surface of all we wanted to talk about. Time went by so fast because we thoroughly enjoy each other's company.
In the book of John in the New Testament, during a special supper Jesus had with His closest friends, He made a beautiful declaration about the relationship He wanted His earthly friends to have with their Father. Jesus' words were this: "I no longer call you servants, I call you friends." Then He continued to explain that friends were individuals who shared everything with each other. And in the case of His Father, a friend of God is someone whom God can trust; whom God can share His heart with; whom God can rely on to understand Him even in moments of darkness.
I'm thankful I have friends like this. Friends who always believe the best about me, even when others might speak unkindly. Friends who give me the "benefit of the doubt" if they hear something which contradicts the way they know me to be. Friends who are loyal, trustworthy and unchangeable.
These are characteristics which are key to our friendships and as Jesus told His disciples who were His closest friends, His Father wanted His earthly children to feel welcome entering into a "forever friendship" with Him.
Isn't it awe-inspiring to think that the King of the Universe, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Father and our Mother, comes to us and offers His friendship?
I'll never forget when I was in elementary school and a really terrific girl whom I thought was so "cool" came up to me one day and said, "I want you to be my ‘best friend.'" Needless to say, I was on cloud nine. I thought I had arrived! Life couldn't have been better at that moment. Now just multiply that experience 1,000 times over or more. For it is God who comes to you and comes to me and says, "Dorothy, I want you to be My best friend." It's overwhelming!
What God is saying is that He wants to spend time with me because He enjoys my company. He is telling me He wants to talk with me because He cares about what is going on in my life. He is letting me know that His day goes better when I keep in touch with Him.
In turn, I certainly benefit by having God as my friend. For I have a companion who never tires, never sleeps, never grows weary and never, ever says, "Oh, it's you again!" In fact, God's reaction to having me respond to His offer of friendship is sheer elation! He's thrilled! I've made His day! In fact, I've made eternity more joyous for Him as I have responded to His invitation of forever friendship.
Sadhu Sundar Singh was born in India and grew up in a Hindu family. As an adult he became a devout Christian at the loss of all family ties. People who had contact with this very special man remarked that he had what they considered to be a most "Christ-like character." He was an individual who through time spent in prayer and companionship with God - was God's friend. In describing friendship with the Divine, Sadhu noted that, "some people become tired at the end of ten minutes or half an hour of prayer. What will they do when they have to spend Eternity in the presence of God? We must begin the habit here and become used to being with God."
Spending time talking, listening, and enjoying each other's company. These to me are the essential building blocks of friendship. This is why our Heavenly Father invites us to draw near to Him - for He wants to hear what we have to say, respond to every need in our lives and enjoy the daily presence of His daughters - children like you and me. Don't you want to be called God's friend? Guess what, this is what the Bible says we are - right now!
"O God, I call upon you from
the depths of my soul!
For You have touched me and
I must seek You,
Naming You with the Voice,
the Love, and the Need within me.
My voice calls out to you, My Friend."
Reverend Glyn Ruppe-Molnyk
"We do not walk to God
with the feet of our body, nor
would wings, if we had
them, carry us to Him, but
we go to Him by the
affections of our soul."
"The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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