Summary: God is a friend worth having for several reasons
A FRIEND WORTH HAVING
Suppose you could choose between two people to have dinner with one was warm, caring, genuinely interested in you, listens well, and is fun to be with, you want your friendship to last forever
The other is aloof, distant, self-absorbed, and demanding. The only time he calls is when he wants something. He is unpredictable and fickle. He has a lot of power and wealth but if it were not for that power he probably would not have any friends.
Who would you chose?
Which one is most like God in your mind?
Unfortunately, most people have the second view of God.... a distorted view.
To them God is uncaring, distant, very powerful but can't be counted on, and the only real reason to have friendship with Him is for the occasional answers to prayer.
But God is really like the first person... He is warm, caring, genuinely interested in you, listens well, and is fun to be with.
The truth is, and what I want us to see is..... God is a friend worth having.
I want you to see today....
The necessary ingredients for a relationship with God
The reasons we can have a relationship with God
What God has done to establish the relationship
The benefits of a relationship with God
Perhaps I should dangle a carrot to keep your attention...
THE BENEFITS OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
All kinds of relationships.... marriage, friendships, family, can all be strengthened and put back together when we have a right relationship with God
Relationships are demanding and often difficult to maintain.
They call for patience, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Where do we get those things????? Galatians 5:22-23.... Fruit of the Spirit
Where do we get the Spirit..... relationship with God.
So that one of the big benefits of a relationship with God is improved relationships with others.
Life without Christ is a life without purpose.
It may have a cause, but most just have an agenda... a list of events or activities that fill the hours of the day... but no purpose.
There is no "Big Picture" no over-arching goal or direction for the things we do.
Life is lived piece-meal.. .. helter-skelter.... a bunch of unrelated, unintentional acts.
What we need is a purpose... a larger goal that affects all we do and everything we do is working towards that goal.
The things we do will have meaning, we will know why we are doing them... they are accomplishing something and taking us some place.
With Christ, our lives come under the direction and guidance of the all-loving, all-knowing Holy Spirit. He always has our best interest in mind and constantly leads us with an eye on the big picture... the will of God.
Everything we do has purpose... becoming Christ-like.
Having that purpose in life and seeing our progress and our change gives us great satisfaction and fulfillment.
Then we can understand what Paul meant when he said "It is not I that worketh but Christ working within me."
Seeing progress encourages us to go on further.