Are You God's Friend?
Relationship. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some, you may think of someone you love and are close to. Someone you share everything with and would do almost anything for. Maybe you hear that word and feel like you don’t have anyone that you’re really close to. Maybe you’ve been mistreated by someone you love or trust.
Well guess what? No matter what your life looks like right now, no matter what good or bad things have been done to you, the God who created the universe, wants to have a relationship with YOU! Take a few minutes today and throughout the rest of the week and think what that really means to you. God did not create you to just take up space. He chose to have you here, at this exact time and place, and He wants a relationship with you more than you could ever imagine.
But how do we do this exactly? How do we have a relationship with someone we can’t see with our physical eyes?
If we study the life of Abraham, we will see time and time again that he modeled so well what it looks like to have a personal relationship with God. Just like us, Abraham wasn’t able to physically see or touch God, but yet God still called him a friend.
Would you consider yourself a friend of God? While you might be quick to answer “yes” to that because it sounds like the right thing to say, let’s look over Abrahams life and see what things he did to grow in his relationship with the Lord.
In Genesis 12:1-4 we see that God asked Abraham to do several things. One of the biggest ways you will develop a relationship with God is by trusting Him no matter what. Often times God will ask you to do something that’s scary or that you don’t think you can do. He asked Abraham to leave his home, give up everything he had, and just go and trust Him. He didn’t even know where he was supposed to go!
Can you imagine that? God saying, “Okay, it’s time go. Leave your family. Leave everything you have and just start walking. I’ll give you more direction once you are on your way.” That’s trust! So, in order to grow in your relationship with God, to become a friend of Jesus, we have to trust Him. And the bible promises, He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Another way to grow in your relationship with the Lord is to talk to Him. That’s exactly what prayer is. It’s just talking to God. It doesn’t have to be fancy, you don’t have to use big words or feel like you need to be perfect before you come to Him. Just talk to Him, like you would a friend. It says in Hebrews 4:16 to come boldly to the throne of grace.
As you go about your daily life, begin to talk to God more. Include Him in everything. He cares about you! Even the things you might not find important, He does! And don’t forget to listen. While God loves when you talk to Him, there are things He wants to reveal to you. Do you take time during the day to listen to Him? He is wanting to speak to you! (Jeremiah 33:3)
Abraham also listened to God. You read in Genesis 12:1-4 about all the things Abraham was instructed to do. He didn’t have to listen. He could have said, “Okay God, that sounds cool and all, but I’m going to stay here, with all my family, friends, and my nice house.” Imagine what would have happened and how different history would have been if Abraham didn’t listen to God.
There are things God wants to do in your life, but it’s going to take a strong relationship with Him to do it. You don’t listen to someone you don’t have a strong relationship with and you don’t say “yes” to someone you don’t trust.
The life of Abraham is one full of miracles and blessings but it all leads back to his relationship with God. Do you want God to use you in big ways? If you answered yes, then follow Abrahams example and become a true friend of God. Love Him with your whole heart. There is no earthly relationship you could ever have, that will compare to that of the One who created you. He is standing at the door, knocking, wanting to come in and be your friend! (Revelation 3:22)
Ideas for how to grow your relationship with the Lord
Read the bible verses listed below and ask God to speak to you through them
Thank God for your day as soon as you wake up and ask Him for opportunities to use you in your school and home
Put on your favorite worship song while you are getting ready for school
Talk to Jesus as your walking through the halls of your school and ask Him to bless those around you
Take a few minutes of your day, maybe before bed when it’s quiet, and ask God to speak to you. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t “hear” anything right away. It might take some time but He is always speaking.
Verses to read over and study this week to learn more
Genesis chapters 12-25 cover the whole life or Abraham. This will take you some time to read but if you’d like a deeper understanding of the relationship between him and God, spend some time reading over these chapters.