We are called to live in friendship with Christ. We were made for a close relationship with God through Jesus Christ. How can we walk this out day after day? Distractions abound, temptations assail us, the world around makes it hard. Nonetheless, we are not alone: God has given us His Spirit as our Helper.
The Lord is our first love and He loves us extravagantly. Despite life’s challenges, we can remind ourselves to be rooted in relationship with Jesus.
John 15:5 says that without Jesus, we can do nothing. Outside of relationship with God, we can do nothing of true significance:
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4 NKJV)
Like fruit trees that exist to bring forth a harvest of delicious fruit, God desires us to bear good fruit for His glory. Just as the trees are rooted in the soil to gather up the nutrients they need to produce, we are called to abide in Christ who is seen as the Vine. This will help us grow in friendship with God.
Just like with a plant, this can only come with the right location, water, and nutrients.
What ingredients are needed for our relationship with God?
- Friendship with Jesus (the right location)
- God’s Holy Spirit (the water)
- God’s Word (the nutrients)
God has been reminding me: If we abide daily in relationship with Him, we will produce good, lasting fruit.
We want to be a people are known as friends of God like Moses of the Old Testament and John the Beloved, one of Jesus’ disciples. This is God’s cry for us. Where are those who seek God above all else?
We want our highest priority to start in the place of friendship with God.
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We want to:
- Give worldly pursuits a back seat.
- Set our focus on Christ.
- Abide in Him as we seek to live for His glory.
Let’s be a people in friendship with God!
Lord, we yearn for a life of friendship and partnership with You. Help us grow in passion for You.
Help us make You our primary pursuit. We don’t want the mundane happenings of life to hold us back. Free us from anxiety. Give us hearts after You.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV)