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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
TITLE: The Treasure
By Joyce Simoneaux
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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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