Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I am a friend of God!

Thursday 12-1-16 Bella Vista, Corrientes, northern Argentina   
Today we read Romans 5 - 8

S.  Rom 5:10-11 For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God — all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God. NLT

O.  We were all in the same boat, infected at birth by our earthly father, Adam’s, sin… a condition passed on to our parents and which placed us as enemies of God.  But in His great love, God stepped in and provided us deliverance from eternal punishment by sacrificing His only Son.  This was His initiative, not ours.  He has opened the door to allow us to become friends with our Creator God instead of being aligned with His enemies.

A.  Can it be true?  Can a feeble human being, a stumbling, fallen, creation of Our Maker, be invited to be His friend?  It could never have happened without the intervention of Jesus Christ.  I am reminded of Jeremiah’s invitation to the Potters house.  Only a chunk of clay becomes a vessel, but alas, it is found flawed and useless… but the Potter does not throw it out, instead he picks up the debris, wets it down and sets it again on the wheel… to make a brand new and useful vessel from the same chunk of useless mud.  But to call this piece of restored art His friend?!  That is huge!

P.  Lord, as Your friend I have access to Your dining room at any time.  You do not throw me out for interrupting your day, instead You open arms of love and invite me in!  I am the only one that can interrupt that friendship by drifting away, lured by the attractive illusions of Satan.  And even then, You allow me to come running into Your arms of mercy.  Surely there is no other friend like You!  Amen.


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