To Be a Friend of God
- Date: May 19, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (John 15:14)
- From Friends
We want to continue our study on friendship with the world. We've talked about being the friends of God and what it takes to be a friend of God. He said, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you [to do]" (John 15:14). If you want to be a friend of God, be always obedient. We saw that it's not only obedience; it's quick obedience. Be quick to obey the will of God. There can be no lingering and praying and waiting. When God speaks to us and tells us to move, then we, like Levi, get up and walk away. Our whole livelihood is left behind and there's no concern with where we lay our head, what we eat or drink, because our Father knows that we have need of those things. Do you want to be a friend of God, really? We think, from the natural perspective, that being a friend of God is all perks. Do you want to know what it really is? "For I will shew [you] how great things [you] must suffer for my name's sake" (Acts 9:16). Do you want to be a friend of God? Then you're going to have to forsake everything that's natural to you and go daily not knowing the end of where God is leading you. But we have a promise and we see Him who's invisible.
Do you want to be a friend of God? Be ready to forsake all of the wealth and power of the nation and count it a greater treasure to be numbered with the people of God. "Do whatsoever I command you [to do]." One of the things that He went on and said.... If we're sons, if we become friends of God, if we're walking in obedience, He's not going to hide His will from us. It's from the servant that they don't know what their master is doing. It's revealed to those that are His friends, those that are the children of God. Your eyes begin to be opened. You begin to see things that other people aren't seeing. There's more expected of us. There are measures of grace that begin to be placed into our lives that might even appear to others from the outside that, "Man, they are great men of faith! Look how powerful and committed and great they are spiritually." The friend of God knows that he can do nothing without Him and stands amazed every day at the mercy and the grace of God that infuses him with just enough grace, just enough faith, to finish one more day. He battles all the same emotions and all the same trials as everybody else. He just obeys one more day, just forsakes it all one more day. The friend of God is the one who has nothing to live for but God--one treasure, one purpose--that loves Him more than mothers and fathers and houses and lands and their own life also, the friend of God.