2 Peter 1:10–So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Amos 5:14–Seek good and not evil— and live! You talk about God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, being your best friend. Well, live like it, and maybe it will happen.
I overlooked some serious news of a dear friend, because I have so many acquaintances on facebook. Let me explain. I just hit 1500 friends on facebook. Unless I stay glued to facebook 24/7, it’s impossible to keep up with all of them each day. Facebook is a delightful social network to stay in touch with people. However, when you become a friend of a friend of a friend, and you have never spoken to that person before–even if you recognize that person, do you really want to know what that person does each minute of the day? Of course not.
The object is to stay connected to your most valued friends, maybe those you see at church or work, and people who you want to catch up with periodically who live far away, or those who represent a cherished time in your life–ie high school, college, friends of your journey in the past. When your home page pulls up all your friends of friends of friends, it’s hard to know what’s happening with your top friends.
It made me think about my relationship with Jesus. How often do we treat Him like a mere acquaintance? He may be listed as “one” of our friends, but do we really talk to Him, text Him, or spend time with Him? Sadly, some people only know Him because He is a friend of a friend of a friend. He should be our TOP FRIEND who we catch up with each day!
So,how does Jesus become our Top Friend? The first step is to make sure we have requested His friendship. He never refuses a friendship request. The next step is to talk to Him each day and get to know Him more. That communication involves listening too. In order to know Him more, it’s crucial that we study His profile (HIS PROMISES IN THE WORD).
They say we are judged by the company we keep, so wouldn’t it be a good idea to imitate Him? In other words, when we reflect His personality, others around us, whether they are valued friends or strangers have the opportunity to see Him and make Him their Top Friend too. He cannot become or remain our Top Friend if we are not staying connected to Him. When we seek Him, we will find Him, and He will not only be on our HOME PAGE, He will be our HOME!
If He is your Top Friend, wouldn’t it be wise to treat Him that way? After all, He has your profile memorized, and even the things about yourself you don’t know. I “LIKE” or rather “LOVE” HIS profile, and I want to reflect Him through my profile by “SHARING” Him with others through my words and actions. Let’s take time to edit our profile each day to include Jesus!
We are so grateful that we have access to you! Guide us into a beautiful connection with you. We know that you will never leave us, and you are the best friend we will ever have! Forgive us when we have treated your friendship as a mere acquaintance. You deserve to be shared with others each and every day. We love you!
Pastor Chris Hodges Father-In-Law, sweet Tammy’s daddy, Pastor Billy Hornsby, founder and President of the Association of Related Churches (ARC) and teaching pastor at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, went to be with the Lord on March 23, 2011. Billy’s passion for God, family, life, and leaders around the world will be long remembered. For details on the memorial service to celebrate Billy’s life, please click onto the following link: http://www.churchofthehighlands.com/tribute/billy-hornsby