While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 21 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day eleven with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be His friend.
Called To Be a Friend of God
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.“
John 15:15 (NIV)
Who are your friends? Who considers you to be their friend? Why? What do you look for in a friend? Why? Have you ever tried to have a friendship with someone that didn’t seem to want to be friends? Did it work? Why? What would you do for your true friends? What would they do for you? Why? Have you ever had a relationship that began as something other than friends but grew into a friendship? What changed? What does it mean to you to be called a friend of God? What will you do with that friendship?
It is difficult to maintain a friendship for very long if it appears to be one-sided with little to no effort being put forth by the other person. As Christians, we are not only called to be a friend of God, He calls us His friend. Not only should our friendship with God lead us to share with Him in every aspect of our life, His friendship with us results in Him making Himself known to us through His Word and His Spirit. As a friend, He holds nothing back that would be a benefit to us. As God, He knows perfectly the things that are for our good and the things which would bring harm. As both, He knows and loves us as no one else can.
As you pray, ask God to help you see clearly His desire to have you as a friend. Pray that you would live as a friend of God. Pray that your friendship with God would lead you to be a better friend to others. Pray for wisdom in knowing and understanding the things of God. Pray for courage in upholding your side of a friendship with God. Pray about how you will share your friendship with the hurting and lonely around you who need to know God’s love.