This week I was reading Pastor Rick Warren’s book entitled The Purpose Driven Life when I received a ‘stay-at-home’ lunch invitation from God. There were no ifs, ands or buts about it. My invitation was sent special delivery.
To be honest, at first, I was not aware of what (or WHO) led me to the book, but I was compelled to open and browse through it after reading the sub-title printed on the bottom of the book cover: “What on Earth Am I Here For?”
So, I opened the book and the page fell on Chapter 12; “Developing Your Friendship With God”.
As I began to read Chapter 12, all I could think of was alphabet soup! I reference soup because as I have shared with some of my readers, I have been going through a layer of sicknesses that according to the doctors I will be facing for some years to come. Some home remedies have been suggested that I change my diet and begin consuming lots and lots of soups and salads.
Personally, I was praying and asking the Lord to examine my motives, frame of mind and service to Him. I was reminding Him of His many promises of contributing comfort and care for His people. I was seeking a closer walk with Him and His plans for my life. In other words, I wanted reassurance of our friendship.
God’s response to me was written in the first sentence of Chapter 12: “(My child,) you are as close to God as you choose to be.” (p. 92) The Holy Spirit continued to speak and He said; I AM your friend and always will be. It is up to you to develop your friendship with Me.
THUS BEGAN GOD’S RECIPE FOR OUR LUNCHEON MEAL: ALPHABET SOUP(*)
(*) And Pastor Warren’s chapter 12 provided our divine recipe.
|He offers his friendship to the godly. Proverbs 3:32|
|A||Acceptance||Guard against leaving your first love. Phoniness breeds pain|
|B||Bold||Ask God to make His request of you plain; take notes|
|C||Confess||Tell your Good News story to others. Friends tell friends.|
|D||Deliberate||It takes a desire for Him more than anything else|
|E||Energize||You must have the energy to pursue|
|F||Frank||Don’t forget to mention your faults; be honest when confessing|
|G||Gratitude||Be gracious towards others just as He was gracious and merciful towards you|
|H||Honesty||Learn to share your feelings honestly and completely|
|I||Intimate||God can handle your boldness and frankness; humility is the key|
|J||Joy||Rejoice because you have been freely redeemed|
|K||Kind||Do not mistake God’s kindness for weakness. Stay focused.|
|L||Listen||Reframe from being judgmental; evaluate, trust|
|M||Meditating||Let your prayer life express your sentiments passionately.|
|N||Negotiate||Express any anger or resentment; don’t hold grudges|
|O||Obedience||The main characteristic of friendship…keeping the commandments|
|P||Passionate||Learn to care about what He cares about|
|Q||Question||It’s alright to complain, argue and even challenge…with love|
|R||Release||Remember, all things work together for good…desire peace|
|S||Share||Expressing your doubts takes you to the next level of intimacy with friends|
|T||Trust||Developed over time|
|U||Understanding||A true relationship isn’t passive; it is active. Go, be, do…|
|V||Vivacious||Put value on things God values. Care about others.|
|W||Worship||Friends with God does not make you his equal. Worship him not people.|
|X||Exemplary||Be an example; imitate Christ; strive for excellence|
|Y||Yearn||Obey God not out of duty, but out of love and trust for him|
|Z||Zealous||Bitterness is the greatest barrier to friendship…read Psalms…be inspired|
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED OUR LUNCH TOGETHER. TRY THE SOUP…YOU’LL LIKE IT!
Scripture Lesson: Draw close to God and God will draw close to you. James 4:8a
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