January 22, Sunday

The AMI QT devotionals for January 21-2 are provided by Christine Li.  Christine graduated from University of Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City.  She attends Remnant Church in Manhattan.

P. Ryun’s series will continue on Monday.


Friendship with God

John 15:15:

“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.”

22There was a time in elementary school when my classmates and I would feel insecure about our friendships. The only way to definitively confirm whether we were friends with someone was by way of a note with checkboxes for “Yes” or “No” and the question, “Dear so-and-so, are you my friend?” Once we were assured of our friend status, we could begin freely sharing our lives – snacks, jokes, toys, secrets, etc. – and trust that our friends would reciprocate.

I would say that grown-up friendships are not so different. They start out a little uncertain, but once we confirm that we’ve passed a threshold from “acquaintances” to “friends,” we begin to open our lives to each other. Our conversations become more frequent and more comfortable. We begin to tell them all our thoughts and ideas, and we begin to care about and remember things that others share with us – their likes, dislikes, schedules, funny habits, goals, dreams, etc.

When Christ walked on earth, He not only taught us about the new, righteous lives we could have through Him, but He also redefined our relationships with God. Though He already revealed Himself to be God Almighty, He left his disciples with a new status. They were not servants, but friends. God had shared His life, His thoughts, His habits, and His will with them. He had walked with them and was their constant companion.

What the disciples received is for us as well. To call ourselves friends of God might sound overly audacious and bold, but it is a relationship He has invited us into. So, why don’t we take advantage of the opportunity to take Him at His word?

Today, as we enter the house of God, let’s approach Him with the same expectation and familiarity of being with a friend. We can be assured that we belong in His presence and that we can ask for His attention to listen to our troubles and joys. As our relationship with God grows, we will surely find that it is a two-way street – the more we draw near and become closer to Him, the more He will also reveal Himself to us, too.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You have first loved us and chosen us to be with You. Thank You for the privilege to know You as a friend and to be intimate with You. Help us to freely come to You so that we can walk in step with You and know You better. Teach us to listen to You and to become more attuned to Your guidance and will.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: 2 Kings 24

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