I have a couple of friends that I only speak to about once each year. Even though we connect very infrequently we remain friends and we talk as though time had never passed. It’s as though our friendship was simply meant to be eternal. You may have a couple of friends like that, too. And you may appreciate them as much as I appreciate mine. But, lets make sure we understand that this is really rare, not normal, and absolutely not the way we grow our friendship with God.
In Galatians 5:13-26 we learn how to get connected with God. If you truly want to feel connected with God, you’re going to want to begin every like this …
1. Choose friendship with God
We read in Galatians 5:13 that we are “called.” We’re called into a friendship, not into a set of rules or to some future assignment. Those of us who believe in Jesus have chosen to answer the call to friendship. Right now, we have a friendship with God because of our faith in Jesus.
Our friendship with God doesn’t grow without our attention – it’s something we work on like other friendships we have. Our choices each day (and each moment) are choices that effect our growth toward Jesus or our steps away from Jesus.
If we truly want to feel connected with Jesus, then we need to begin everyday by choosing to grow our friendship with Jesus.
2. Choose friendship with others
Galatians 5:14 reminds us that part of our calling is to love our neighbours. Not only did our belief in Jesus bring us into a friendship with God, but it also brought us into a friendship with others (our siblings in Christ).
We are reminded that the people around us can either help us move closer to God, or they can inspire us to move far away from God. Because we have answered the call to friendship we are told to serve others in humility (Gal 5:13).
If we truly want to feel connected with Jesus we absolutely need to be working on our friendship with those around us.
3. Don’t reject the friendship
There is a stern warning in Galatians. Just like we can choose to come into a friendship with God, we can also choose to walk out of the friendship.
In Galatians I don’t get the sense that God judges sinful actions based on a scale of bad to worse. Our actions seem to be judged on a plus or minus – does the action help me draw nearer, or does it diminish my friendship with Jesus?
If we truly want to feel connected with Jesus we absolutely need to be mindful of our actions and discern for ourselves if they move us closer or farther away from God. Begin every day by reflecting on your actions.
If you truly want to feel connected with God, you’re going to want to begin every day choosing to grow your friendship with God and with others. [Tweet it]
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To further engage you can watch the 7 minute inductive devotional, and/or you can see how I came to my conclusions by watching the longer inductive study.
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