I currently have over 2000+ “friends” on Facebook. Impressive eh. Not really. Most are acquaintances or acquaintances of acquaintances…others may have me mixed up with Dean Martin. I’m not sure if they all knew me well they would really want to be my friend but they are on my list. The crazy paradox is that God knows me more than any one and has still “friended” me.
Tozer writes it like this:
“God’s love tells us that He is friendly, and His Word assures us that He is our friend and wants us to be His friends. No man with a trace of humility would first think that he is a friend of God; but the idea did not originate with men. Abraham would never have said, “I am God’s friend,” but God Himself said that Abraham was His friend. The disciples might well have hesitated to claim friendship with Christ, but Christ said to them, “Ye are my friends.” Modesty may demur at so rash a thought, but audacious faith dares to believe the Word and claim friendship with God. We do God more honor by believing what He has said about Himself and having the courage to come boldly to the throne of grace than by hiding in self-conscious humility among the trees of the garden.”
Unbelievable really…the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer wants to add me as His friend…and even though He knows me and all my failures, my flaws, and my faithlessness He still includes me on His list. This weekend we have been given the incredible privilege on behalf of our Friend, to invite every young person that will attend YC into that same friendship.
The Apostle John framed love this way:
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13, NIV)
This weekend we are not only recipients of His friendship but are invited into adding friends to His Faithbook page. So as His friends we’ll be called to lay down our lives in our serving, our prayers, our worship, the set up, the clean up, our conversations and maybe most importantly, by our very lives and the heart attitudes we portray. Let’s be a part of that kind of “greater love” and see this love movement continue to grow!