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? If we truly desire an all in relationship our interaction with God must go further then that of an acquaintance.
“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. A true friend will be there for their friend 24/7. Ready to help at a moment 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.
We can’t think of Jesus as we do an earthly friend who will leave us, turn their backs on us and let us down. He promised to have our backs if we will commit all in the bond of friendship will lead us to a place of joy, peace and hope.
So who is God to you? True friend or acquaintance? If he is an acquaintance, it isn’t too late to start a bond with God that will pour over into eternity. 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 an all in 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. Help us to show others this love, because they matter to you, so they should matter to me. Amen