When we finally break free of sin through accepting Jesus’s sacrifice we can’t treat Jesus like our parole officer. A parole officer is there to ensure you don’t screw up again, connecting once a week to get a picture of how you are doing. But many believers treat Jesus just like that, checking in on Sundays to make sure that everything is okay, leaving and doing whatever they desire during the week. It was never meant to be that way the relationship God desires for us is so much more.
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
John 15:14-15 NLT
Do you feel that God doesn’t really care about you? Maybe he is off doing godly things and is distracted from what is happening to you? Well, that is a lie from the enemy. Jesus himself in these two verses cemented it by repeating himself. ” you are my friends” he didn’t just say it once, he said it twice because it is important to remember.
An acquaintance is someone you know and may see on occasion. You know something about them but not a whole lot. Might even bump into them once a week and carry on some small talk, then go on your way never really thinking twice about it. Does this describe your relationship with God? Bump into him every Sunday, have some chit chat then go on your way? Not really thinking much more about him after that?
A true friend will be there for their friend 24/7. Ready to help at a moments notice. Always there to talk, give advice and assistance. Someone who relates when your hurting, excited, depressed and joyed. Not afraid to give you correction when you are going down the wrong path of life. Never judging you, always quick to forgive. Jesus is that kind of friend.
So, who is God to you? A true friend, acquaintance or maybe parole officer? If he is an acquaintance, it isn’t too late to start a bond with God that will pour over into eternity. If you feel he is a parole officer waiting for you to screw up, so he can toss you back in jail you are so wrong. He is there so if you screw up he can pick you up and help you get back on track. Don’t delay and start a friendship with him today.
Jesus, so many of us treat you as an acquaintance and we apologize for this. We have made the church a hang out almost like any other club. Help us to show people that a relationship with you is like a friend who is closer than a brother. Thank you for loving us so much that you died for us. Forgive us for treating you like a parole officer or casual acquaintance who we don’t tell others about. Help us to show others the love you have for me and the love you have for them, because they matter to you, so they should matter to me. Amen