Is there a process to becoming God ’s friend?
God places before us relationships to use in order to bring about His will in us.
As we give in or submit to His will for us, this is choosing to be His friend.
• A relationship is like sand paper or rocks in a tumbler, taking off the ‘rough edges’
• “My command is that you love each other as I have loved you.”
• Everything is a choice, where will we place ours?
• “What you do to the least of these My brethren”
• It is our choice as He will not cross our will to force us
John 15:12-15 NASB
12. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
13. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
14. You are My friends if you do what I command you.
15. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Mark 3:35 NASB
“ For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 25:40 NIV
“ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 The choice of a blessing or a curse
• He comes to a point where He can say we are His friends
• I want to be a friend of Jesus Christ
• It’s a daily choice, a daily initiative
• Every step in God is a personal choice
Each individual can choose to be God ’s friend, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
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Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know His master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends...
I’m Ron your host, and today we are talking about how in our daily walk with God we can make those choices and begin to be called His friend.
Imagine a gemologist having all these wonderful rocks. They put into a mixer I forget what they call it. There is a name for it. A tumbler. And that is what I was just going to say, it tumbles those rocks around. So, you get this tumbler and each rock is rubbing and crashing against each other causing the impurities to come off. It is coming out a nice smooth gem stone. If you want to get that you have to find a relationship that you can get close to. I am not going to tell you to start trusting or start believing it’s the best relationship ever but stick with the relation long enough, relationship with somebody long enough and you’re going to find, you are going to disagree on something. It is just going to happen because that is what God uses. He uses relationships so that we can help purify one another. If we understood, if married people understood that over time they’re going to go through something. Your going to have six months to a year of a honeymoon time after that watch out, man. God is going to put His hand on that marriage and say, ok why do you love each other, how do you love one another, what’s the basis of your relationship. It’s those people who determine they have preset that they are going stick together. That they’re the ones that stay together. That should create a depth and a deeper love one for another because you go through it. Once you get on the other side of it, you love one another.
Jim: 2:44something in scriptures John:
It is a daily choice, a daily initiative. We’re talking about not only individual relationships to the Lord, but we are talking about a group because you can’t do this by yourself. You can’t sit in your room and have the Lord put you through that tumbler. It doesn’t work that way. You have that time with the Lord, you have that one on one relationship with Him but then you need to be in a group of people that are also reaching in to have a relationship with Him and that’s where we get the refinement, that’s where the Lord puts you through the tumbler. It’s really interesting what you said Jim because you made the statement at the end about becoming God’s friend. I am wondering how much you become God’s friend when you become friends with Christ in your brother and sister, cause at the end what is that scripture.
What you do the least of My brethren.
You did unto me.
Tie the sacrifice to the horns of the alter and you just cannot do that yourself. You cannot tie yourself to the horns of the alter. It’s something that God does and your brother and sisters do for you.
Yeah, you can’t even nail to yourself to the cross.
That helps because you want the help. That is a choice, that is a personal choice. Every step in God is a personal choice.
This thing of choices is a big deal. There is something in Christianity where for some reason it comes across like, this is what you have to do, you need to reach here, you need to do this. That not the spirit of the Lord. He does not cross your will. He will not cross your will. Your walk with God is a choice and every step you take, it is your initiative to open your heart and if you are not ready for whatever reason. Then you’re not ready. If there is somebody putting something on you that makes you feel like I must do this. You really need to seek the Lord on that because I don’t feel that’s the Spirit of the Lord. His heart is tender toward us. He loves us, He woo’s us, He will not cross our will and come down on us like that. It is a choice; every step is a choice.
God places before us relationships to use in order to bring about His will in our lives. As we submit to His will for us, this is choosing to be His friend.
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