Friendship with God

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God desires to be known.

Yet, often in modern Christianity, we settle for less. We settle for meetings, teachings, books, conferences, and running through the motions. A worship service may be exhilarating, God may feel near, but the real work of drawing near to God can remain undone.

God desires to be known.

Yet, often in even house churches and organic churches, we focus much on how we meet together, what we do when we gather, who should or shouldn’t be leading, or what gifts are manifesting as we gather.  We work to make Christ the center of our meetings, but sometimes in all the work we miss drawing near to God.

God desires to be known.

So we tell other about Him. We go on missionary trips, we spread the message, and we hone our Gospel presentation. Yet, often in our attempts to make Him known and tell others about Him, we become a weary worker…more like a publicity agent for Christ than a friend who introduces Him to another friend.

Still, God wants to be known.

Some of the things listed above aren’t wrong. In fact, some of them are good things, but they are designed to be fueled out of a relationship with God. God desires friendship with His people. He desires not just to be obeyed but to be loved and enjoyed. He wants friends who know His heart and base their actions out of this friendship, not out of duty.

Don’t just give yourself to duty, Christian. Give yourself to Christ. Let your obedience flow from knowing Him. Talk to Him. Draw close to Him. It’s why He came in the first place.

God still wants to be known.

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

One response to “Friendship with God”

  1. gunnarlarmstrong says :

    Travis: Important word — cutting to the heart of what it means to be a Christian. I would add, as I know you agree, knowing God is not just a feeling — although every relationship has its emotional aspect. We need to spend time with him — alone and with others. If we don’t take the time to know him and his word and to speak with him in prayer, then we can’t really claim to know him deeply. Likewise, when two or more are gathered in his name, he is there in our midst. This is not just times of prayer. It is anytime two saints are together, sharing their lives in Jesus. Jesus is revealed to us in a way that we cannot know him off by ourselves. That the essence of discipleship — making Jesus known.

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