There are many times when we feel that God is not speaking to us. Pastor Anthony Wynn preached a great message on that very thing Sunday morning. God wants to have a relationship with all of us, but it is not a one-way street. We must want it also.
When we were in school and getting ready to graduate, we told our best friend that nothing would change and that you would always be friends. Then we started our lives. We got married, had children, or moved out of state. We would call our friend, but would never hear back. We would call every week, no answer. Then every month, still no response. Then just a quick note or email on holidays. Finally, we just stop reaching out. It was not that we didn’t still care for them, or that we stopped being their friend, we just got discouraged because we never heard back from them. God feels the same way. He calls us over and over and over, only to get silence in return. God still loves us, but he stops calling because we never acknowledge his call. His time is better served with those that will answer.
The other friend is the one that will call only when they need something. You will not hear from them for months, maybe years, and then a call comes from out of the blue. They will ask the typical questions to make it seem like they care. How are you? Is everything good with your family? Then comes what they really called for; can you come over and help me move, can I borrow your mower, or maybe can I borrow some money? They care about you, but only so they can get something for themselves. We treat God the same way. We ignore Him until things get tough and then we call.
The true friend, however, is the one that will be there for you when you need them. They will not screen your call or make up an excuse as to why they can’t come over. They will give you the shirt off their back without question. They will stand with you in your time of need and celebrate your achievements. This is the type of friend God is looking for.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven
Denying God is not just saying you don’t believe. It is also ignoring His call. We must all strive to be a better friend to God and diligently seek Him. A person who is diligently seeking after God will go to any length to find God, answering His call, and doing what He asks of us. That is how we become best friends with God and grow in faith.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
- If a football player only goes to half the practices, is he diligent? And if an able-bodied Christian only goes to half the church services, is he diligent?
- If a student rarely studies, is he diligent? And if a Christian rarely studies, is he diligent?
- If an able-bodied club member attends all club meetings, but never helps with the work, is he diligent? And, if an able-bodied Christian attends all church services, but never helps with any of the work, is he diligent?
God is calling you?
What kind of friend will you be?