"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." (James 4:4, NIV)
There is a choice to make: whether we will be friends of God or friends of the world. When we allow the world and the provisions in our lives to take God's place, we become friends of the world and enemies of God.
Everyday, there is a choice to make whether to serve God or the devil. From the Old Testament God has always presented two options to His people, outlining the consequences of the choice they make (Deut. 28). One is either on the Lord's side or the devil's (cf. Ex. 32:26-29)--there is no middle path. To this end, Joshua warned the Israelites,
"But if serving God the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15)
The same applies in the New Testament (Matt. 6:24; Luke 9:62; 14:26; Rev. 3:15), where following Jesus Christ requires that you “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30, NIV); and where you can only serve one master (Matt. 6:24). But we can only accomplish this if we commit to being friends of God. Jesus said, "You are my friends if you do what I command." (Jn. 15:14, NIV)
If we consciously choose to be God's friends everyday, we shall grow daily in our walk with Him and find joy in our daily circumstances, whether good or bad, painful or soothing. We will have the patience to endure hardship, the courage to say no to sin, the strength to overcome temptations, the desire to do good, and be seen really as the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
Choose daily to be a friend of God. Every morning as you rise from bed, confess to yourself, "Lord, I choose to be your friend today." And let that confession walk with you throughout the day. Let God love the world through you.
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