TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you”
John 15:16 ESV
GOD CHOSE TO BE OUR FRIEND
Have you had the awkward experience of looking a friend up on Facebook only to realize they have unfriended you? Once upon a time when people decided not to be friends, they might argue, have a fight or simply ignore each other. Today, if you are serious about ending a friendship, all you have to do is go on Facebook and “unfriend” them. The Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2009 was “unfriend.” In March 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary added “defriend” to the list of new word entries. Jack Handy, in his Deep Thoughts, described our world this way, “I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.” That sounds very similar to the unexpected Facebook “unfriending.”
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “befriend” means “to become or act as a friend to.” Jesus continued to explain the nature of His friendship with us by reminding the disciples that He chose them as friends and it wasn’t because He had to. The truth is Jesus sacrificed His “reputation” with the religious leaders of the day to befriend them and act as a friend. In Matthew 11:19 they called Him a “friend of tax collectors and sinners.”
If you are a Christ-follower, Jesus did not blindly choose to save you and invite you into a relationship with Him. He knew all your past sins and all your emotional baggage and chose to be known as your friend anyway. Nothing about your past, present or future would surprise Him or change the nature of your relationship with Him. He died for our sins, which makes our friendship with Him possible. Thank God for choosing to be your friend. Ask God if there is anyone He would like you to befriend who may not seem to be a likely candidate but needs to experience God’s love.