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Becoming a Friend of God


Genesis 15:6—Abraham believed God & it was credited as righteousness.

Genesis 14:17-24

James 2:23—The kind of faith that pleases God is obedient faith!

Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus…

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A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.

The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”

My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.”

Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?”

He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

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I don’t think that God wants followers who think they are in the “secret service.” I believe that God wants friends who aren’t afraid to tell other people about His friendship with them. Abram was a friend of God. He was not perfect by any means, but he believed in God. Genesis 15:6 says that since Abram believed in God, and in what God had told him in the verses leading up to 6, “He credited it to him as righteousness.” The NIRV says it this way, “Abram believed the Lord. The Lord accepted Abram because he believed. So his faith made him right with the Lord.” The words “made him right with the Lord” mean simply that he and God were close. They were close because of Abram’s belief and trust and faith. They were close because Abram realized that God considered him a friend as well.

God wants us to be close to Him. We are created in His image, filled with gifts from His Spirit, forgiven through His son’s death, and He’s preparing a place for us in Heaven. Why wouldn’t we consider being a friend of God?! Wow, we don’t have to be perfect! We just have to accept Him for who He is. Look at Genesis 15:8…right after God credited Abram righteousness. It says that Abram questioned God saying, “…how can I know…?” when told about the Promised Land. Our imperfect mind and heart question and doubt, but our spirit can run after perfection through Christ. We’re imperfect and God still wants to grant us righteousness through the death and resurrection of His son.

This next question should be simple. How do we lead this principle? Simply, we need to be seen as friends of God. We need to let God shine though us so others can see Him and come to the conclusion that God can love them too. Do your students, family or friends need to see more of God through you? Can you measure your success at trying to show them God? Sure you can. First, have you talked to them about it? Have you vocally given God credit when you tell of good things in your life or hear of good things in theirs? Have they responded to you, asking questions about God or His Word or His Son? Have you been confronted with debate or opposition to God? If you can’t answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then you probably need to be letting your friendship with God shine through a bit more. Don’t worry, I’m in the same boat as you. I need to as well.

In Romans 4 and 5, the writer discusses Abram’s (Abraham’s) friendship with and faith in God. In 5:1 it is written that since we’ve been justified (forgiven, been credited righteousness), we have PEACE with God. Does a relationship with complete and perfect peace sound appealing to you? That’s what we’re offered when we enter a friendship with the Holy One.

Why should we become closer friends? Why should we pass this friendship to others? Well, God doesn’t change. He’s there for us through the good and bad times. He doesn’t give us things we can’t handle. He protects us. He gives us nudges and hints when we’re about to do something stupid. He forgives us and will one day take us to live with Him forever. It’s us who sometimes falter and fail and waver. And yet He still accepts us. This is the GOSPEL story.

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