I Am A Friend Of God
Joh 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [a]
Joh 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you.
Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.
Joh 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Joh 15:17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
This whole chapter of John, Jesus is explaining to his disciples the intimacy of the relationship he has brought them into and what that relationship will allow them to, but also what that relationship will cause to happen.
Every one of us who are Born Again Disciples of Jesus Christ have been brought into this same relationship. However, we can choose to come out of it!
As with everything, God does not force anyone to love him or follow him, he will never override our free will, even though he already knows the choices we are going to make.
From the Garden of Eden right up until this present day, we have always had free choice.
This life is a testing ground for eternity, so if we cannot love God and follow his commandments in this life, we will definitely be disobedient in eternity. This is why anyone who die outside of Christ, will be eternally separated from God.
This body that we are in right now is the finite seed, which when it dies and is put into the ground, springs forth into the infinite body that will last for ever, whether with God or separate from God:
Let me read this passage of scripture to you, which explains this perfectly:
1Co 15:36 You fool! The seed you plant does not come to life unless it dies,
1Co 15:37 and what you plant is not the form that it will be, but a bare kernel, whether it is wheat or something else.
1Co 15:38 But God gives the plant the form he wants it to have, and to each kind of seed its own form.
1Co 15:39 Not all flesh is the same. Humans have one kind of flesh, animals in general have another, birds have another, and fish have still another.
1Co 15:40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the splendor of those in heaven is of one kind, and that of those on earth is of another.
1Co 15:41 One kind of splendor belongs to the sun, another to the moon, and still another to the stars. In fact, one star differs from another star in splendor.
1Co 15:42 This is how it will be at the resurrection of the dead. What is planted is decaying, what is raised cannot decay.
1Co 15:43 The body is planted in a state of dishonor but is raised in a state of splendor. It is planted in weakness but is raised in power.
1Co 15:44 It is planted a physical body but is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45 This, indeed, is what is written: “The first man, Adam, became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
1Co 15:46 The spiritual does not come first, but the physical does, and then comes the spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man came from the dust of the earth; the second man came from heaven.
1Co 15:48 Those who are made of the dust are like the man from the dust; those who are heavenly are like the man who is from heaven.
1Co 15:49 Just as we have borne the likeness of the man who was made from dust, we will also bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
1Co 15:50 Brothers, this is what I mean: Mortal bodies cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and what decays cannot inherit what does not decay.
1Co 15:51 Let me tell you a secret. Not all of us will die, but all of us will be changed—
1Co 15:52 in a moment, faster than an eye can blink, at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will be raised never to decay, and we will be changed.
1Co 15:53 For what is decaying must be clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying must be clothed with what cannot die.
1Co 15:54 Now, when what is decaying is clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying is clothed with what cannot die, then the written word will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up by victory!”
1Co 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
1Co 15:56 Now death’s stinger is sin, and sin’s power is the Law.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus the Messiah!
1Co 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that the work that you do for the Lord isn’t wasted.
So being a friend of God is part of the intimacy of son-ship:
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
People say “why would a loving God send people to hell” and the reality is God is not sending any of humanity to hell, they are choosing to go there.
Mat 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who are accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!
Eternity is going to be fulfilled with the friends of God, people of one mind and one accord. This is when our world will be perfected and perfection can only take place when all negativity has been separated.
This is why, even when there is corruption and hypocrisy in the church, Jesus said he sees it already, it is not going unnoticed and at the right time HE will do the separating:
Mat 13:24 The Parable about the Weeds among the Wheat
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom from heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
Mat 13:25 While people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.
Mat 13:26 When the crop came up and bore grain, the weeds appeared, too.
Mat 13:27 The owner’s servants came and asked him, ‘Master, you sowed good seed in your field, didn’t you? Then where did these weeds come from?’
Mat 13:28 He told them, ‘An enemy did this!’ The servants asked him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them out?’
Mat 13:29 He said, ‘No! If you pull out the weeds, you might pull out the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles for burning, but bring the wheat into my barn.”’”
So friendship is a choice and as Jesus said in Joh 15 verse 14
You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you.
So is it possible to be a Christian and do your own thing?
So as the song says “I am a friend of God, he calls me friend”
Parallel Business Principles
In our business, the people that you help into the business, will eventually become log lasting friends. This is how you want to build your organization, with people that you like being around. This way, you are motivated to help each other, you genuinely want to see each other succeed.
You don’t want to be build with fake people, people who have their own hidden agenda’s. These people will be very short lived in your organization and can actually cause a lot of damage.
We are in a relationship business, so if you can build strong relationships, that means you will build a strong business.
Just think about what it would be like to be travelling the world with Reliv BUT also with your friends!
That is the potential each one of us has as we build towards out financial futures with Reliv. Along the way are you going to get weeds planted in your organization? You better believe it! However once they are gone, the good seed will be left and these will be your friends!
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