A Friend of God Is Quick to Obedience
- Date: May 3, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: " And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him." (Genesis 22:3)
- From Friends
One of the things that caused Abraham to be known as the father of faith and called the friend of God was that when the spirit of the Lord spoke to him and put His hand upon and was going to remove that which was the most valuable thing in his life, the treasure of his life Isaac ["Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering..." (Genesis 22:2)], that, "...Abraham rose up early in the morning..." to do what God asked. Do you want to be a friend of God? Be quick to obey Him. Jesus said, "I no longer call you servants but I call you friends, because a servant doesn't know what his master's going to do but the friend of God, the sons of God, are brought into that awareness of the very heart and the purpose of God" (John 15:15). It's very important, if we're going to be called the friends of God, that we follow the admonition preceding that vesrse. Jesus said, "You're my friends if you do whatever I command you to do" (John 15:14). Abraham took it a little bit further when he did it quickly! Don't pray about what God's telling you to do.
Jesus has put His finger on many of our lives through these last months. He said, "I expect you to take up this cross. I expect you to die to yourself, to your selfishness, to your self-indulgence, to your preoccupation with self. I want you to die to all of your demands to be recognized, to be loved the way you want to be loved. I demand of you to die to your ambition, to die to your own perceived talents and strengths. I command of you to take up a cross daily and to die to yourself and die to your self-pity and die to your pride. Come and follow Me. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for My way is easy and My burden is light."
Do you want to be His friend? What have you done with what He's commanded you to do in these last weeks or months? Are you still considering it? Then you're not a friend and you're not a son because those who are friends of God and those who are sons of God are quick to do it. Jesus said, "I do always those things that please My Father" (John 8:29). Are we living to please Father or ourselves? Do you even hesitate a moment when your Father gives you a command? Can God guide you with His eye? We all know what I'm talking about because our fathers have done it and we've done it with our children. We all know that look, don't we? There's that look that Father gives us. Can He guide you with His eye? How pliable are we to the will of God? I want to tell you something: God's not going to shout at you. God's voice is not in the thunder. God will not be those parents that we see so often today, "No. No. No! I mean it! No! Don't make me tell you again, again, again, again!" I'm not implying that Father's not long-suffering and merciful. I'm talking about coming to maturity and being called sons of God, the friends of God. I'm talking about having a heart for our heavenly Father.