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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: The Treasure
By Joyce Simoneaux
04/08/05


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Since the 8th grade (36 years), Pam and I have maintained a close friendship. Her children call me Aunt JJ, and my children call her Nanny Pam. When we were teenagers, we would signal each other across the field that separated our houses, turning the porch lights on and off as we talked on the phone, as if being connected through the telephone wasn’t nearly enough. We even had our own, special little jingle we would say when greeting each other on the phone about dogs and chocolate. (I’ll spare you the details. Trust me.)

I was instrumental in her graduating from high school and marrying her husband of 31 years. She has been instrumental in my developing a more meaningful relationship with the Lord.

We have shared so much together - triumphs and tragedies, hopes and dreams, and many hurts and disappointments. But the best thing we share is our love for Jesus. A long-time friendship like ours is a rare treasure.

But, as much as I treasure our friendship, there is another friendship I now treasure more. My friendship with Jesus has withstood the test of time because it began before the foundation of the world. In my ignorance, I turned my back on Him, but He never left me. Even when I pursued other, less meaningful friendships, He patiently waited for me to discover that ours is a friendship that can compare to none other. He proved it by dying for me.

At first, Jesus was just an acquaintance to me. I knew of Him. I even invited Him into my life, but that was as far as it went. I only scratched the surface of what a friendship could be like with Him.

Somewhere along the way, I began to wonder if there was more. I heard a popular hymn with lyrics that told me I have a friend in Jesus. Television evangelists said He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (see, Prov. 18:24), and if I had a friendship with the world, I could not have a friendship with Jesus (see, Jas. 4:4). So I started to dig deeper past the surface truth and began to absorb the life-changing truth of the Word. I started to transform, building a true friendship with the King of Kings.

As my friendship with Jesus developed, the urge to know more began to grow inside of me. I started to hunger and thirst for more of Him. My appetite for the truths in His Word became insatiable, driving me to dig deeper past the life-changing truth.

My Friend knows my every, intimate desire. He knows my every thought. There is nothing that He doesn’t know about me, and yet He still loves me intimately. I am tireless in my quest to know every longing of His heart because sharing each other’s hearts is what makes a friendship special.

Yet there is more – a covenant. I have a covenant with Jesus, and His covenant seals our friendship for all eternity.

It breaks my heart to know that so many people don’t realize that a friendship with Jesus – sealed with His covenant – already belongs to them. All they have to do is open up their hearts and accept it. A wonderful adventure awaits them – a treasure hunt that will lead them to streets of gold, crowns, a mansion in heaven, and an eternal friendship with the King of Kings.


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Delores Baber04/11/05
How appropriate that it was Pam that brought you to a closer relationshop with the Lord. Your description of the evolution of your deepening relationship with Christ is called growth. Even among humans friendships must grow or they wither. I'm sure the closer you became to Christ the deeper your relationship with Pam became. Thanks for sharing this truth.
David&Dee Jobes11/19/05
Beautiful anointed writing! Sure sounds like the Lord has indeed Blessed you with a precious friend(Pam). Yes, Jesus is the Precious Friend who sticks closer than a Brother. Like that famous song"What a friend we have in Jesus!"

I Thank God I can call you my friend and sister
in Christ,
With Jesus Love,
Dee
"Numbers 6:24,25,26"