Friendship With God

For Transform’s Boot Camp this summer, we studied Precept Ministries’ Precept Upon Precept course on Covenant. Covenant gives us flattening closeness to God. I came away from camp knowing my Lord in a much different, more personal manner. One particular aspect of this closeness also floored many campers in my classroom–our friendship with God. The Lord taught us much about believers in Jesus Christ being a friend of God.

On a typical day of Boot Camp, we do our studying before we have discussion time. We looked at Abraham and Moses as our example. The students in our classroom dutifully worked, making notes along the way. We began our discussion afterwards by going over different things we saw. The atmosphere stayed calm and even sedated. When we came to the section on friendship, one student nearly jumped out of his seat from excitement to share what he saw. He got it. He understood what it means that we are a friend of God.

In John 15, at the Last Passover, Jesus says to his disciples in verses 13-16,

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”

Jesus calls us friends. He made known to us the things He heard from His Father. He still makes known to us the words of truth–the Bible. He teaches us. Even more–He loves us with a greater love no other love can surpass. After camp, God took this friendship to that love level for me.

No greater love. He is showing me how great a love it is. This love saved me, and this love lives in me everyday. When I was made a new creation in Christ, this love gave me life. This love–everyday, every moment I breathe–gives me the gift of hope and dreams and joy.

Does this mean a fuzzy warm life always full of satisfaction? Reality dictates no. But look at verse 16 above. See, in my friendship, Jesus gives me a purpose. My purpose in His kingdom gives me hope. It is the dream that He uses me to bear fruit that will remain. My joy–that I am His and He is mine. That whatever I ask of the Father in Jesus’ name I may have. Not for my own gain, mind you. Rather, God provides the ability at my asking to do the good that He has marked out beforehand (Eph. 2:10).

All the above and more is what excited the campers this past summer. They understood what kind of friendship, and privilege, Jesus bestowed them with. I pray that as you read this, you desire the friendship with God that many of us discovered anew. In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” If you are truly a Christian, you are a friend of God. Seek to deepen the friendship. Seek to strengthen it. He will make Himself known to you.

Stephanie has been serving the past couple of years with Transform Student Ministries as a Boot Camp and Conference Staffer. Stephanie was also, a part of the Intern Program in 2010.

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