Many Servants but FEW FRIENDS!
Word: for Today: May 27, 2020: Many Servants but FEW FRIENDS!
God has many servants and to that He is most grateful, but He has much fewer friends.
Serving the Lord is wonderful and life rewarding, but being His friend is even more fulfilling.
God trust His friends with His glory, power, and dominion to walk in and through them upon the earth to do the Fathers will perfectly.
Jesus says, “FOR SERVANTS DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEIR MASTER IS DOING. That is such a powerful truth.
Matthew 7:22 …21Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’…
Abraham, Moses, David, The 12 Apostles, Paul, Mary, Martha and Lazarus and all those who are in love with him and obey his commands are His friends.
Gods friend get a unique position and relationship with him. To HIS FRIENDS, JESUS SAYS, “ALL THINGS I HEARD FROM MY FATHER, I HAVE MADE KNOWN TO YOU.”
One of the most famous verses about friendship with Jesus is from John 15:13-15, where Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Shall I hide from Abraham my friend what I am doing…? — Genesis 18:17
Oswald Chambers describes friendship with God this way:
The Delights of His Friendship
Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer.
This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need to ask Him to show you His will. It is evidence of a level of intimacy which confirms that you are nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith.
When you have a right-standing relationship with God, you have a life of freedom, liberty, and delight; you are God’s will. And all of your commonsense decisions are actually His will for you, unless you sense a feeling of restraint brought on by a check in your spirit.
You are free to make decisions in the light of a perfect and delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will lovingly produce that sense of restraint. Once he does, you must stop immediately.
The Difficulties of His Friendship
Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He stopped because he still was lacking the level of intimacy in his relationship with God, which would enable him boldly to continue on with the Lord in prayer until his desire was granted.
Whenever we stop short of our true desire in prayer and say, “Well, I don’t know, maybe this is not God’s will,” then we still have another level to go.
It shows that we are not as intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as Jesus would have us to be— “…that they may be one just as We are one…” (John 17:22). Think of the last thing you prayed about— were you devoted to your desire or to God?
Was your determination to get some gift of the Spirit for yourself or to get to God? “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). The reason for asking is so you may get to know God better.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). We should keep praying to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.