Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Since the creation of man, God has sought to fellowship with man. Throughout the pages of the Old Testament we read about men who knew God and enjoyed fellowship with God.
Three times the Bible tells us that Abraham was a friend of God. They walked together. They talked together. And God could trust Abraham to the point that Abraham was called the friend of God.
During His early ministry, Jesus was called “a friend of publicans and sinners”(Mt11:19). Jesus told His disciples that He considered them His friends.
The apostle Paul shared more about God’s desire for friends when he explained that Jesus’ death at Calvary was that a world at enmity with God would respond to God’s love in salvation and become His friends.
1) We become a friend of God by faith.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”(Hb11:6).
This kind of faith is more than just an intellectual acceptance of the existence of God. Even the demons believe that much about God.
God will not settle for our mere acknowledgement of His existence. He wants a personal, dynamic, life-transforming relationship with every one of us! This involves us trusting Jesus for our eternal salvation.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”(Ro5:8).
When Jesus died on the cross and then arose from the dead on the third day, He proved to all His power to save any person who would come to Him. When we personally trust Jesus Christ alone to save us, we become a friend of God.
2) We strengthen our friendship with God by obedience.
Admitting our sin and believing in Jesus brings us salvation. Active obedience demonstrates that our belief is genuine – that it is real!
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you”(Jo15:14).
It is our responsibility as Christians to obey Jesus completely. Total obedience is our duty!
It is important for a Christian to be baptized and become a part of a Bible believing church. A Christian should be a faithful steward of all that God has given him. A Christian should do his best to win others to Christ.
All these things are a matter of obedience to the commands of Christ. They strengthen our friendship with God.
The greatest opportunity afforded to any man is to be a friend of God.
“There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” And that friend is Jesus!!