Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Purpose Driven Life - Day 12
Day 12 - Developing Your Friendship With God
In the last chapter we learned the first two of six ways to have a friendship with God. Today we will look at the next four. Choosing to be Honest with God. Choosing to Obey God in Faith. Choosing to Value what God Values. And Desiring a friendship with God above all else.
In any relationship - in any friendship - honesty is a must. We cannot be friends or maintain a relationship with someone we do not trust. And we cannot trust someone who is not honest. You and your friends my debate and squabble from time to time but in the end you value their opinion even if it differs from your own so long as it is an honest opinion. You want your friends to be honest about their feelings. Lying is deceptive and deception is the enemy of friendship. These principals are no different when having a friendship with God. He would rather that you say - God, I don't understand why 'this' happened in my life. Or - God I am losing faith in you because of 'this'. God does not want people to be in his family out of duty, nor does He want robots, or false friendships. Many times in the bible - those closest to God expressed themselves through passion. This is what God wants - your passion. Your honesty. Your true friendship. Remember, you cannot trick God - don't bother pretending to be His friend. Be honest about what is in your heart. Let Him know when you are feeling upset about something that has happened in your life. God values an honest friend.
In a friendship with God, you will receive more than you give through your life so long as you obey when God calls upon you. Notice the difference between being honest with God - and being disobedient to God. God adores your passion and wants to know your heart. He does not tolerate disobedience. If you are friend to God - you know that He will do what is best for you. This is called faith. Believing without knowing all of the facts of His plans. There is no way that you can see or understand what He sees or what He has in store for you. But when the Lord calls upon you, you must obey immediately, completely, joyfully and without hesitation. God is detail orientated - if He calls upon you to do something and gives you instruction - you must follow them to the letter. Just as Noah did when he built the ark. Remember, when God gives instruction -there is a reason for it. He is all-knowing ... you are on a need-to-know basis.
God has many values and a vast amount of things for which He is passionate. You must share in these values. Such as being honest. Forgiving someone who has hurt you. Doing kindness in your life. Extending grace. If you do not share the same values as God does, your friendship with Him is sure to fail. Remember that He is a God of mercy, and as His friends, we must live our lives with this in mind. Not fill our minds and days with seeking vengeance. Or harboring anger or hatred in our hearts. Not easily done is it? Absolutely not! When someone hurts us - we want to exact that same pain on them. This is instinct. But God wants us to forgive that person and remember that we are not here to judge others for what they have done. We are to unburden our hearts and extend grace to those we may otherwise want to throttle! lol
How important is a friendship with God to you? Would you be willing to give up anything to be His friend? These are not easy questions - on one hand. As humans we panic inside at the thought of giving up - anything. But if we truly desire to be a friend to God we know that we can freely give up what we have if asked for we know that what we get back is much more dear. A life of security, a life of sound mind, a life of peace, a life with success, an eternity in the presence of our Lord and Saviour.
At the end of the day, we are as close to God as we choose to be.
"Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you." - James 4:8A (NLT)