And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was [aaccounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. (James 2:23).
I used to struggle with believing God’s Word, especially as it relates to my identity in Christ. I eventually realized that not believing what is said about me in Scripture because it sounds too good to be true, only caused me to assume my identity from a fallen system. This established mental processes that only led me to living way below my potential, and God’s best intentions for me. So, now I choose to believe the Word spoken about me before the foundation of the world, even when I don’t fully understand it.
So, can we be friends with God? Many theologians and Biblical commentators are adamant that the answer to that question is a resounding “NO”, but I believe Scripture speaks to the contrary. One of the songs our Church loves to sing is “I am a friend of God.” We usually have a good time singing that song, but many of us don’t stop to think about the words. What does it mean to be a friend of God? I imagine how difficult it must be for many to accept this Biblical truth because we were brought up to think that God is not one of us. But didn’t He become one of us, to save all of us? The question is not, “Is God like us?” Thinking from that perspective will only lead to bad theology, and occultic beliefs and practices. The real issue is, “Are we like Him?”
Jesus had a close relationship with His disciples, many of whom critics thought were not worthy to be in the company of such a righteous man. He desires to have that same relationship with us. He laughed with them, ate with them, talked with them, and probably even played games with them. He was a friend of sinners. He is still our friend today.
Father, help me to come to terms with who You made me to be. I realize that I shouldn’t try to bring You down in order to understand Your nature and purpose for me, but that I should come up because You made me in Your likeness and image. I reflect Your being, somehow, though I don’t fully understand how that works, but I pray for revelation and understanding as I continue to grow in the knowledge of You, in Jesus Name.