Daily Devotion - October 8, 2020 - The Godliest Friend

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – October 8, 2020
Reading:
Hebrews 8:1-12
Weekly Theme: A Friend of Souls
Today: The Godliest Friend

I have been blessed in life with some very godly friends. Some people that God placed in my life at just the right time to show me a more godly way and to remind me of the character of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One such friend was a lady named Pam. I cannot even recall Pam’s last name but she sat next to me in a Geology class at UNC-Chapel Hill and we became friends. Pam sensed that I was struggling but didn’t try to push her way into my struggles. Bit by bit, it became obvious to me that she was a Christian and that she cared about me. Eventually she invited me to a Bible study which totally turned things around for me spiritually. Even though I cannot recall her last name over 40 years later, I will never forget her as a very godly friend. God does give us godly friends on earth to remind us of our most godly friend… God himself.

How do we know God? God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and in all aspects of the essence of God, we see God as our friend. God reflects in Hebrews 8:1-12, without stating it in words, how God is our friend as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament God gave us the gift of commandments and laws to help keep us safe and to move us towards holiness. This system based on laws was meant to move us towards a life of goodness and obedience so that we might be righteous in the eyes of God. These laws were meant to point us toward Jesus who came to earth and obtained a superior ministry on earth so that humanity may see and witness such a ministry. Jesus also mediated a better covenant which was established on better promises. You may be saying to yourself… wait a minute, Connie, are you saying that God didn’t get it right the first time. No…absolutely not! I am saying that God, through God’s grace, saw our struggle in trying to be obedient people. So God gave us a new covenant in Jesus Christ that was still divinely created and relational but through which God revealed Godself to humanity and showed us what his kingdom looks like. In other words, God sent us Jesus. God sent us the law and customs out of love but it was to prepare us for something (someone) even better… Jesus. Jesus came and showed us how to live and then he ascended to heaven, leaving us with the very Spirit of God. Through this new covenant, the law has been placed on our minds and written on our hearts and we now have the capacity, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to truly experience God and obey him. God, our Friend, saw our struggle with obedience and righteousness and gave us Jesus.

This capacity is available in all Christians but part of discipleship and learning is to help develop awareness of this capacity. When we really, truly understand this greatness of this grace, we are motivated to live to please God, the One as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as saved us. In other words, we move from a life in which we feel we “have to” obey God to experience God to a life in which we say “thank you” to God because we truly experience God as our Creator, Deliverer, Redeemer and Friend.

Yes, God thankfully places special friends in our lives to help us learn and grow as disciples and provide us with essential fellowship among believers. But no person can ever be as Godly as the One God who is Father (Daddy), Son (Savior and friend), and Holy Spirit (Advocate and friend). Are you a friend of God? If not, my prayer is that you will experience God’s grace and friendship today. If you would like to discuss this further with me, feel free to email (eurekaumc@yahoo.com) or call the church at 919-242-2229.

God, thank you for not only giving us godly friends but being God who is our Daddy and our friend. Help us to be grateful that you gave us Jesus that moved us from a life of feeling we “have to” obey to living a life that says “thank you” and leads us to obedience born out of our love and appreciation for all you have done to save us from ourselves. We pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus, knowing that you, O Lord, are Father, Son and Holy Spirit… and knowing that you are our Friend. Amen.

 
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