Who's Your Best Friend?
“You talk about God being your best friend.
Well, live like it, and maybe it will happen.”
Who comes to mind when you think of your best friend? What are the characteristics of that particular relationship that makes it what it is? I have several relationships that I cherish and consider my closest friends. These relationships that we all hold so dear are built on fundamental principles. They are built on trust, time, devotion, and respect. Think about your best friend. You confide in them, respect them, spend time with them giving them your undivided attention, and you are willing to drop anything that may be on your agenda in order to meet their needs should they call on you.
Is this how we are with God? Oh, we claim that He is our best friend, but does our relationship with Him bear the same characteristics as that of our best “earthly” friend? Do we confide in Him? Do we even take the time to talk with Him each day, both sharing our heart with Him and taking the time to listen to His, as well? Do we give Him our undivided attention? Are we willing to drop our agenda for that which He calls us to do or do we complain that things aren’t going the way “we planned”? Do we weigh out the costs before we willingly obey His voice, or are we quick to respond to His prompting, considering His will above our own? Do we respect Him and does that respect display itself through a life of faithful obedience?
This verse tells us to “live like” God is our best friend and then “maybe it will happen”. What does this mean? Living like God is our best friend is far different from merely saying He is our best friend. It is only through living out our relationship with Christ as our dearest friend that it actually becomes a reality.
Take the time today to evaluate the friendship factors of your relationship with Christ. If changes need to be made, it is always on our part because He is the “Friend that sticks closer than a brother”. Let’s make adjustments in our lives today to align ourselves as His best friend. May we not just say “God is our best friend”, but may we live our lives in such a way that it will actually happen!
Lord, thank you that you even desire a relationship with us at all. Help me to be not only the friend that you deserve, but the one you demand if I am to have an intimate relationship with you at all. Enable me to cultivate intimacy with You by exerting the disciplines necessary to build this kind of relationship. Thank you for being the Friend that sticks closer than a brother.
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