March Devotion

Friends in Christ

 

It is wonderful to travel to a new city and meet fellow believers in Christ. What a joy it is to experience an instant kinship with other Christian warriors. This experience can be shared across differing cultures as well. Even when we are struggling to communicate, the love of God is obvious.

 

         “I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.” (Psa. 119:63, NIV)

 

Jesus expanded this to include a love for the lost. He was known as a friend of sinners. His love helped to transform people from the scum of the earth into wonderful disciples. The apostle, Saint Matthew, started his day as a tax collector; however, before the sun traversed the sky, he was forever a friend of Christ.

 

         “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:11-12, NIV)

 

Ironically, the ones who hated Jesus were the hypocrites. His incredible love exposed their sin like a 10,000 megawatt light. This principle still applies today. Those who claim to be “Christians” with ulterior motives are a spiritual stench.

 

The process of discipleship removes every area of hypocrisy from our lives. Further, it teaches us to follow the precepts of Christ. Through this experience, we become a closer friend to Jesus and an asset to the church. Our closest friends become those who are experiencing the same transforming power of Christ.

 

This is a good time to express my love for my website readers. I know that many of us have never met; yet, we have a common bond in our Lord. Please pray for me so that what I write is always empowered by the Holy Spirit rather than the foolishness of man. It is also my prayer, that these words of encouragement will be like a cool cup of water on a desert summer day. May the peace of the Lord be with you always!

 

Lord, may we increase in Your knowledge and love daily as we strive to serve You. In Your service and for Your glory we pray. Amen!

 

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner