Becoming a Friend of God Print E-mail
Abraham was called a friend of God,
Christ called His disciples friends - Luke 12:4 "I say to you My friends."
We are told He will be a friend.
"But there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother." Prov. 18:24b
"You are my friends if you do what I command." John 15:14
He calls us friends after our salvation - "Friend your sins are forgiven." Luke 5:20
He warns us against having friendship with the wrong things -
"You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore who ever whishes to be a friend of the worlds makes himself an enemy of God." James 4:4
If you're reading this it's because you want to have a friendship with Christ I would hope; and that excites me, because that is my desire too as well as God's.  That's why He sent His Son.  So how practically do we live in this friendship and maintain the relationship?
CONNECT- There's a huge difference between knowing someone and knowing about someone.  I'm sure you know WHO Christ is.  You may even know some stuff about Him that you learned in Sunday school or from some other Christian influence but do you have a relationship with Him?
Is He your Sunday morning tradition or your every morning repetition?
What I mean is does your relationship consist of just Sunday morning praise and maybe Wednesday prayer meeting, or are you every day saying "Lord what do you want me to do in this situation?" or "Lord I wanna praise you because You are this or because you did this."  We have to be "In the vine" as one version says - another says "Abide in Me".
So you want to live as a friend of the Father? Get connected to Him through PRAYER and a good BIBLE STUDY.  Start with 5-10 minutes of prayer in the morning and reading through a chapter of the bible (I suggest starting in one of the gospels) every morning, then the more you do it you'll start desiring it. Even if you don't at first don't worry about it. Just do it.
"Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me."  John 15:4
"If you keep My commandments you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." John 15:10
CONTINUE -  This is probably the hardest part of anyone's Christian walk. That's why Paul and so many others, like the author of Hebrews, had to encourage the believers to continue with Christ. There's no magic prayer, no special water, no secret hand shake that gives you this relationship. So how do we continue to continue in Christ and His loving, protective friendship? OBEY. How do we obey? By FIXING OUR THOUGHTS AND LIVES ON JESUS, the "Author and Finisher of our faith."  
When you or I REFUSE to think lustful thoughts, prideful thoughts, gossip, return evil for evil, dishonor a parents that deserves none of your respect but instead replace those thoughts with scripture and those actions with Godly actions or Godly words; when you and I continue to "Lay aside every sin that so easily entangles us," we are continuing.  We are abiding with our Savior as our friend.  
"Let us lay aside every encumbrance, and sin that so easily entangles us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is
set before us.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfection of our faith."
Hebrews 12:1-2
COMMIT -  In the Old testament it says"These people draw near with their lips and honor me with their words but their hearts are far from Me." 
No one deserves our total and whole hearted commitment more than our precious heavenly daddy, no one deserves a place in our daily routine more than Jesus.
Ya'll He DESERVES our commitment our conscious effort to be ONLY His.
Think of it like this, one day you get married and your husband/wife says " I love you" but you knew that they didn't honor you or love you in their heart. You knew that you were maybe number six on their list of most important people. In fact, they had a couple other people they liked to look at and think about more than you. How sick would it make you feel to hear them say "Babe, I just love you!"
If you praise and worship God with your lips but your heart never desires Him, you never have a point in you life where you say, not what makes me feel good, look good, sound good, but WHATEVER He wants WHATEVER He desires WHATEVER makes Him look good. You need to do it now, EVERYTHING about you needs to be about HIM.
If you're not going to make a commitment that is 100% to Christ don't bother committing at all. It's like the husband/wife that say's " I love you baby." but is all wrapped up in their last lover. It would make you sick and it makes Christ sick too, just to be used as fire insurance.
"I know your deeds you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were either hot or cold." Revelations 3:15
He demands our Whole lives, thoughts, actions, words, time. Give it to Him.
Commit your WAYS
"Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him."
Psalm 37:5
Commit your WORKS
"Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established."
Proverbs 16:3
Commit your SUFFERING when people start to
cause you to suffer because of your commitment... and they will!
"Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their soul to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator."
1 Peter 4:19
One of my biggest desires is to have an intimate friendship with Jesus Christ and the joy that it brings. Have you ever met a Christian who just glows with joy and love, and nothing seems to be able to break or defeat their joy or over-use and destroy their love? Their kinda like the energizer bunny that just keeps going, and going, and going. I want that friendship so I like Paul can say;
"We have been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down but not broken."
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Our friendship with Christ is going to take work and daily choices, just like every other friendship only this friendship will be SO SO much more rewarding as we grow in it with our Heavenly Friend. So
CONNECT to Christ through His word and prayer.
CONTINUE in Christ by focusing on Him and daily laying aside sins that entangle us and choke off our friendship with Christ.
CONSIDER the Lives of those in Hebrews  chapter 12
"Do you see what this means - all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running, and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how He did it.
because He never lost sight of where He was headed - that exhilarating finish in and with God - He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now He's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item that long litany of hostility He plowed through That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Hebrews 12:1-4