"We can become best friends of God through the cross" by: Caleb Gibson

   I love the Living Bible’s translation of 1 Timothy 6:21 it says, “Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life—they don’t know God...” 
   In all our conversations with God we should always have reverence. Our relationship with God has multiple layers. 
   He is our Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Father. He is whatever you need Him to be. 
   Some days I need advice and He is my wisdom. Other days I need forgiveness and He is my savior. 
   And for some days I need someone to lean on and He is my friend. 
   Jesus is the perfect illustration of the Father. The Pharisees called Jesus a friend of, “tax collectors and sinners.” (Mathew 11:19). 
   The Romans had taken over this area and used an army to control the land. How do you have such a large army? 
   Taxes, the Romans used the taxes of the people to pay for the army, and the tax collectors were the traitors of the day because they helped the people that kept them under the control of Rome. 
   For Jesus to be with these people shows us his true heart. He reminded them that, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.” (Mathew 9:12). 
   Jesus once told His disciples, “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.” (John 15:12-15). 
   As we discover more of God’s love we will continue to love God more. I love this thought of how we are called a friend of God.
So how do we grow our relationship with God? What is the difference between a friend and an acquaintance? 
   Time and trust, these two factors play a great role into who we allow into our inner circle. You may have known someone since kindergarten, but if you do not trust them, they will not be a close friend. 
   Yet if you trust someone, but have not spent a lot of time with them, you will not have a close bond yet. Both time and trust play a part in friendship. 
   When we look towards our relationship with God we can see that it is important to have both of these roles working together. We need to trust God because He is our father. 
   The next is our time, as we take time to pray, study the Bible, and go to church, we will spend more time with God. Now remember He is always with us so you don’t have to be in a building to spend time with God. 
   Whether you are sitting at Dairy Queen, Starbucks, or the parking lot with your friends, if you are talking about Jesus that is church. This is because church is not just a building, it is the people.
   Rick Warren once said that before he gets out of bed in the morning, he will just sit there for a split second and say, “God if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to love you more and know you better.” 
   May we all wake up with this attitude. May we live our life with this desire to become best friends with God. 
   Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be. He has already made the first step towards you when He died for you. Now it’s time to draw near to God. 
   When we go back to the same passage from earlier, we can see God’s heart. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his iends.”(John 15:13). 
   How can we be become best friends of God? The cross. Christ’s outstretched hands demonstrate His love for us. 

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