FROM FAILURE TO FELLOWSHIP
I've had a lot of "friends" over the years, I can't say I liked any of them, but I couldn"t seem to shake them off. They insisted on going with me everywhere I went. I got to know them well, too well. It is said, "familiarity breeds contempt," and I found them to be contemptible alright, but they made me who I was. They molded me into someone I didn't even like.
We play a game called "Havoc" and the prize was my life. It was a game which I always managed to lose. It would have taken Self-control to help me, but we weren't friends then. I do remember my very first "friend," however. Her name was Rejection. She was there when I was born. She took me for her very own and nurtured me through my first five years and then turned me over to Insecurity. Now I had two "friends." They worked well together in those formidable years to mold me into what I became. They laid a firm foundation to base the rest of my life on, or so they thought.
As I grew older, Anger and I became very close. It seemed every time I turned around a new "friend" came alongside me. There was Resentment, Bitterness, Fear, and my very closest "friends" were Jealousy and Envy. Lying stepped in and out of my life as needed. I really didn't like him too well, so I didn't let him hang around much.
Each one played an intricate part in my life, but none like Rejection and Insecurity. Because of their influence in my life, I did whatever it took just to feel good about myself and to be accepted. They introduced me to People Pleaser. He showed me the ropes.
Another whole host of "friends" entered the picture, including the love of my life, Promiscutity. He was never boring, for he was able to take so many differnt forms. During my teen years he made himself somewhat discreet. However, when I was older, he became much bolder. We had a long, serious relationship, but there came a time where I could no longer tolerate him, or any of my other "friends." They had awakened in me Shame and Discust.
I was in a downward spiral. My "friends" were sucking the life from me. I stopped dead in my tracks. I had had enught! I was through with my old "friends." They were real losers. Something had to change. I knew I needed new "friends" and I was determined to find them.
The sincere desire of my heart was to change and because of this, Repentance made himself know to me. It turned out he was the key to opening the doors to the Kingdom. Brokenness escorted me throught the gates and Jesus welcomed me with open arms.
Immediately, He ecame my best friend. He took my hand and we walked down the path paved by the prayers of the saints. As we walked, we came across his friend John. I really liked him. I stayed with him a long time as he taught me a lot about my Jesus. And then he brought me to Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Fventually, I met Peter, Paul and Timothy and a whole host of other new friends. I learned much from them. They encouraged me to meet the Patriachs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, also Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and so many more, and I mustn't forget Ruth and Esther. They all became friends of mine.
We met often, and I got to know them intimately. I've now joined their fellowship. We call ourselves "Christians" and our leader is my best Friend Jesus Christ. we invite you to jous us. All you need to do is rid yourself of your old firends, and ask Repentance, Sincerity, and Brokenness to sponsor you.
You then need to take the oath. Pepeat after me:
"Dear Jesus, I ask You to forgive me my sins. Please come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Help me to live for You from now on. In Jesus name I pray. Amen."
Now that you have met all the requirements, your name is written in the registry, it is called The Book of Life. We want this to be al life-long commitment for you, so to help you along the way, let me introduce you to my friend John.
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