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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Best Friend with God

March 28, 2004

Point to Ponder: God wants to be best Friend. 

            Adam and Eve enjoyed an intimate friendship with God. Unhindered by guilt or fear, they delighted in God and He delighted in them.

FRIENDSHIP 

What are the marks of real friendship?

BIBLE READINGExodus 33:7-11

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Inside the tent the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Afterwards Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua (son of nun), stayed behind in the Tabernacle. (Exodus 33:11, tlb)

Real friendship involves face-to-face honesty. God and Moses talked face to face in the Tent of Meeting, just as friends do. Why did Moses find such favor with God? It certainly was not because he was perfect, gifted, or powerful. Rather, it was because God chose Moses, and Moses in turn relied wholeheartedly on God’s wisdom and direction. Friendship with God was a true privilege for Moses, out of reach for the other Hebrews. But it is not out of reach for us today. Jesus called his disciples—and, by extension, all of his followers—his friends (John 15:15). He has called you to be his friend. Will you trust him as Moses did?

BIBLE READING Proverbs 17:1-28

KEY BIBLE VERSE: A true friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. ( Proverbs 17:17tlb)

Real friendship involves loyalty. What kind of friend are you? There is a vast difference between knowing someone well and being a true friend. The greatest evidence of genuine friendship is loyalty (loving “at all times”) (see  1 Corinthians 13:7)—being available to help in times of distress or personal struggles. Too many people are fair-weather friends. They stick around when the friendship helps them and leave when they’re not getting anything out of the relationship. Think of your friends and assess your loyalty to them. Be the kind of true friend the Bible encourages.

BIBLE READING John 15:1-17

KEY BIBLE VERSE: 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 15:15niv)

Real friendship is found with Jesus. Because Jesus Christ is Lord and Master, he should call us servants; instead he calls us friends. How comforting and reassuring to be chosen as Christ’s friends. Because he is Lord and Master, we owe him our unqualified obedience, but most of all, Jesus asks us to obey him because we love him.

Real friendship is imitating Christ in our relationships. We are to love each other as Jesus loved us, and he loved us enough to give his life for us. We may not have to die for someone, but there are other ways to practice sacrificial love: listening, helping, encouraging, giving. Think of someone in particular who needs this kind of love today. Give all the love you can, and then try to give a little more.

 

     Question to Consider: How could I remind myself to talk to God more often throughout my day?

 

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