Jesus BFF

Jul 04, 12 Jesus BFF

Jesus BFF

 

Our cynical world tells us to be your own best friend; don’t trust anyone else.  Through this worldview, it does seem like the best & safest plan is to be our own best friend instead of with another person.


That is because, it seems that only WE have our best interest in mind and that is because another person ultimately has THEIR best interest in mind.  Seems that way because our tendency IS to be selfish creatures and our influence on another person IS also usually selfish.  We don’t have to try very hard to be selfish.  In fact, it’s hard NOT to be selfish.  As you know, the only way in this world in which we can successfully fight our natural tendency, our broken humanness, is when we invite God into our lives.  We can’t combat on our own what is so naturally a part of us but through God and His strength, we, thankfully, can become what we instinctively know we should be: a more unselfish person.


When a Christian, we are suppose to allow God to use His strength for us, which then allows Him to make us into Christ’s image.  When we allow God to walk us through that process: becoming more Christ-like, it is called “Sanctification” and it is when we allow Him to remove us steadily away from our brokenness, which is evident in our being selfish.  This is not an easy process and it is sometimes painful because our selfish tendency is to hang on to that brokenness, even when we recognize its hurtful effects on us and anyone else we come into contact with.


That was a long way to say that I believe that the very best plan is for Jesus Christ/God to be our best friend because only He knows what is ultimately best for us and He loves us even when we find it hard to love ourselves.  He is always approachable and available. Becoming best friends with God makes perfect sense when we recognize that He passionately WANTS to be best friends with each of us.


Now, how do we become best friends with God?  Firstly it is necessary to accept Jesus Christ (God incarnate which means God in the flesh) as our Savior, because this is the only way our brokenness can come into contact with a Holy or pure God.  It is like oil and water otherwise; our impureness and His pureness can’t mix.  When we accept Jesus’ gift, Jesus’ Holiness covers our impurity.


What is the process for becoming best friends with anyone?


It begins and ends with sharing time with them, talking with them, and making what is important to them, important to us.  With God, this means, 1) praying – a running conversation in our heads is perfect, 2) listening to music which glorifies/celebrates God so that our minds celebrate His goodness in song and worship, 3) reading His word which is another way of saying reading our bible (I highly recommend a study bible because the notes will better help you understand hard to understand verses) AND 4) fellowshipping with other Christians, who are the OTHER best friends of God.


When we recognize God’s love, His heart for us, we also recognize that He has that same heart and love for everyone else on this planet.  Jesus Christ, reached into our broken and selfish world to bring us safely out of it, IF we will allow Him to.  Once He has successfully revealed Himself to us so that we accept His gift of Life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, He will then hope to use us to represent Him to other lost and broken people.


Does He need us to represent Him? No, but for some reason, He delights in having the close relationship which it is necessary for us to have with Him so that He can use us to reach other people.


God also delights in His body on earth which is the church and He wants us to interact with them, even though it is much easier and much more comfortable not to.  So, not only should God be our best friend, He wants us to be vulnerable enough to be another person’s best friend, even when that is not easy.  Every friend or family member we know will at some time, disappoint and perhaps hurt us.  It is through difficult and uncomfortable times that we learn to trust in Him, and we realize that, despite what appearances seem to suggest, He always has our best interests in mind.


I encourage you to ask Him to use you for His glory and for His pleasure and His will while you are on this earth.


Wahoo! Jesus is our BFF (Best Friend Forever)!


Finally, I encourage you with these bible verses: 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 and John 15:12-17.


2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NKJV: (Paul encourages Christians)

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

and John 15:12-17 NKJV: (Jesus says to his disciples/his followers)

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.

 

God BLESS you, Christian!

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