A Friend To Jesus All of my life I have wanted to be successful. Whether it was grades in school, promotions at work, or a friendly game of Monopoly, I have always wanted to succeed at what I do. I think this is a desire shared by most people; after all, who sets out to fail? Naturally, when I first committed my life to Christ, I started checking off my proverbial to-do list of things that I needed to do to be a successful Christian. Things like repenting of the sins in my life, reading my Bible daily, and serving the Church and others. My walk with the Lord was like that of the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2; concerned with the work of the Kingdom, but forgetting my first love. Recently, God has emphasized to me the need for a true relationship with Him. This really started making sense to me while I was reading through John 15 when Jesus identifies His followers as His friends. “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 As I read this, I realized that I had been walking as Jesus’ servant, but not as His friend. I started thinking about what it means to be a friend. Friendship is about knowing each other, spending time with one another, and communicating. Most of all, a true friendship is about pursuing one another despite the circumstances. Being a servant of Jesus Christ is an important part of my walk with Him. Equally, if not more important, is my commitment to the friendship that Jesus has extended to me. Seeking His will, continuously communicating with Him, and taking the time to deliberately pursue Him on a daily basis need to be at the heart of my life. A friendship is not something that can be checked off a list. A successful friendship is one of dedication which endures all things without ceasing. As I have been pursuing Jesus daily instead of simply checking works off of my list, I have noticed that not many of my actions have changed. I still repent of the sins in my life, I still read my Bible daily, and I still serve the Church and others. The big difference is my motivation behind these actions. Instead of focusing on being a good servant and accomplishing the tasks my Master has set for me, my focus is on seeking the Lord and growing in my relationship with Him every day. As all relationships tend to do, this daily pursuit alters the way I think and my heart’s desires which in turn affects my actions. But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29 Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.