What does it take to be a friend of God’s?
This weekend at Westside, I’m looking at our relationship with God as seen by the actual appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament. One of which is when Jesus came to see Abraham and Sarah.
In Genesis 18 Abraham and Sarah have a conversation with Jesus about them having a baby when they are over 100 years old and about not destroying the city of Sodom.
Their conversations with Jesus include both argument and negotiation.
When I first began to ask Jesus to speak to me I spent a year of wondering if it was me talking in my head or him. I checked everything I heard with the Bible and with spiritual leaders around me. Over time I gained more confidence until it became more and more clear when it was me thinking something and God speaking something.
I think that a lot of people never go through this process and just live without ever hearing the voice of God. But He does speak and He does direct and guide. Matter of fact, He loves to talk.
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. (James 2:23 NIV)
What made Abraham a friend of God was that he had conversations with God that were two-way and he believed they not only happened but he based his life on what he heard from God.
Action: What has God said to you lately? Journal your thoughts and I would love to hear what He’s saying to you (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you haven’t heard God yet, start listening and go through a similar process I went through described above.