God Wants to be Best Friends with You
By Joe Keim
March 1, 2018
As our world becomes more and more selfish and godless, it becomes harder and harder to stay focused on eternity and the return of Jesus Christ. Dads, moms and single adults are to the point of wanting to give up. They feel frustrated with Americanized Christianity. While we point our fingers at them, they point their fingers at us – it's the same blame game that started in the Garden of Eden and is now devouring our government and news media. Some shout: we need another reformation! Others, are just going through the motions, hoping that somehow things will make a turn for the better or Jesus comes back and removes us from the chaos.
What is the answer? Is there one? Yes, it starts with you (me). So, block the world out for a moment, including your local church.
God wants your heart today – all of it. He wants a spouse-like connection with you – talking and walking together with you – feeling and caring for each other; just like the young man and woman who
have fallen in love with each other – you know, they are constantly thinking of each other, writing letters, calling, meeting and giving each other gifts. It's that kind of relationship God wants to have with you – today! When all this is in place, the world, the times, and local church will begin to look and feel completely different.
Let's consider that no local church has ever been perfect. Not even the ones written about in scripture. We have all been hurt by others, and we have all hurt others. So, let's bow our head before God, ask for forgiveness, forgive others, and let's meet with the church this week. Not because we earn extra brownie points, but because God commanded Christians to do so. Go and pray for someone in a trial, be challenged to keep on keeping on and serve like Jesus served.
Psalm 34:17-19: The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
— Joe Keim
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