Radically Yielded

Since the last post… several weeks ago… Ur, busy?… I can’t get an idea out of my mind… ‘a friend of God’. In the book of James it says, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness, and thus, he became the friend of God”. This little phrase, six-words, a fragment of a sentence really, has my mind racing and my heart all aflutter. God called Abraham His friend. Wow! God, creator of time, space, gravity, redwoods and dew covered moss, called Abraham His friend. This of course, is quite different from Abraham presuming to call God, his friend; very different, but so interesting… These six words are a paradigm shift as well as an enigma. God choose Abraham to be his friend, his special friend. Chapter 12 of Hebrews, the faith chapter, as most of us call it, historically depicts men and women of faith and we see clues as to why God choose Abraham to be His friend. In this passage, faith was character and character became deed.

However, I am not satisfied…. not even close. There has to be more. Abraham received the highest honor any one person could receive. I can’t even imagine what that would be like… the living, majestic, righteous, merciful, Holy One of Israel afford such favor and intimacy or can I?

Maybe, if one aspires to gain intimacy with God, one must not only obey when called, but also have a faith in the very character of God, that action consistently reflects comforting trust, no matter the situation, the time or place and especially when it doesn’t make sense. Abraham was obedient. Living as an alien in a foreign land did not make sense, but Abraham believed and moved, herds and all. He believed God, despite it being an enigma. He viewed his new home as the land of promise, totally confident that one day his sons’ children’s children would be more numerous than the stars or grains of sand. Speaking of that, sacrificing ones child certainly did not make sense either, now or then. Wasn’t Isaac important? Aren’t children a parent’s treasure? Well,…not really….No! If I truly desire to be God’s friend, I must treasure the Lord (Is 33:6; Deut 6:5), His word (Ps 119:11, Job 23:12), His commandments (Prov 7:1-2). Treasuring God above all else is true worship, holy and undefiled. Abraham must have recognized this fundamental fact since he was God’s friend. Abraham changed his world view to a heavenly view which treasures God above all else and achieved holy and undefiled worship without conditions or stipulations and became a friend.

But there is something missing…I find myself still looking for that missing coin. What am I missing in this equation? Maybe there is something explicit in having a heavenly world view….Yes, that’s it! Without God, I cannot attain it. One can’t just think a heavenly schema into existence. God has to give it. He will “transform my mind as I present my body as a holy and living sacrifice, acceptable… which is [true], spiritual worship” and then our relationship will become deep, rich,and strong. (Rom 12:1-2). Am I ready…Ummmmm….This must be why a six word phrase has me spellbound? God is waiting…and in fact, [His] eyes [are moving] to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chron 16:9). And all I have to do is seek Him first (Matt 6:33). He says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven…forgive… and …heal” (2 Chron 7:14)

Please, Holy God, Father of our Lord, Jesus, teach us true worship. Too, please reveal how to radically yield in every detail, and please, make us like your friend Abraham.

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