FRIENDS OF GOD

“God didn’t create us merely to worship him, he created us to be his friends”

I was having a conversation with my wife about God, why he made us and why he brought us salvation. We discussed a lot of things including “did Jesus had to die?” I remember telling her that those who killed Jesus didn’t kill him because they wanted to make sacrifices to God, they killed him because they wanted him out of the way.

However, God had foreseen that moment and had factored in the death of Jesus into fulfilling his purpose and desires for our redemption. I also remember we talked about salvation. What exactly is salvation? What did Jesus save us from? Did he come to make us morally good and that’s all?

We discussed that salvation is far from being a call into morality. Our morals are sponsored by the knowledge of who we are, our morals become the result of the realization of our identity. So, if I know that I am called by God’s name, I can live according to God’s standards. We saw that salvation means being delivered out of darkness into God’s marvellous light, it means being reconciled back to God.

Apostle Peter writes:

“…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 NLT

It is interesting how Peter puts it, it gets even more interesting when we look at the next verse which says:

“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”- 1 Peter 2:10 NLT

WHY DID GOD MAKE US?

We have an identity now, we are God’s people. And this brings me to the subject matter. Why did God create us? Many would say God was seeking true worshippers but that will be far from the truth. I am not trying to contradict what Jesus said in John 4:23-24; we must understand that the context is different.

Let’s keep it simple.

God had worshippers, God had angels, he had them in their massive number and ranking and they were created to worship God. Was God lacking worship that he had to make humans fit in? Something isn’t right with the idea that God made humans because he was looking for worshippers.

Angels and humans have a lot in common. Angels were created perfect just like humans, they have choices just like humans. Some angels fell short of God’s glory just like humans but many things differentiate us and I will tell you why.

This is to the best of our knowledge. Angels are not made in God’s image, they do not have the blessing of multiplication, there is no redemption for fallen Angels, they do not share in the exalted position of Christ, they will be judged by humans.

Now, this makes it even more glaring, God made us for a reason that the Angels couldn’t fit. While God had worshippers even before the making of man, God had no friends. God’s relationship with the Angels is that of a King and his servants, God wanted to be around people he can relate with intimately. No wonder he made man in his image because we can only be able to relate intimately with people in our class. We are in the God-class. I say this with every sense of humility and absolute submission to the sovereignty of God.

Being in the God-class doesn’t mean that we are God, it means God has designed us to be like him so that we can relate better with him. He made us, not to be worshippers but to be friends with him. We worship God because of his awesome majesty but God desires friendship! No wonder God was in the habit of spending quality time with Adam and Even. How do I know this? The Bible shows us:

“When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.” – Genesis 3:8 NLT

Does it make sense that God would only come when they had sinned? No! God wanted a relationship and he made man for a relationship with him. The man’s romance with his woman is a rub-off of God’s nature. God didn’t deem it fit to be alone and he also didn’t deem it fit for man to be alone.

I will spare you the long story on how man fell and got separated from God. Remember, it was the man who was running from God because of sin. This separation was what God called “death”.

“But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” – Genesis 2:17

Fast forward. Jesus didn’t come to save us from moral decadence which is the result of the fallen nature of man, he came to give us that life we lost. This life isn’t merely the ability to live forever, it means the ability to be united with God forever! God reconciled us with God and in him, we gained our friendship with God back!

Saint Paul writes:

“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18‭-‬19 NLT

God created us to be his friends. Through sin, we broke up with God and through Jesus, God brought us back to himself. The decision to be reconciled with God is ours to make, the friendship request has been sent and it is left for anyone to reject or accept.

Isn’t it amazing how God created us specially, not for worship but for friendship! We can only be the best of us in friendship with God because that’s the purpose why we were made!

I call you blessed.

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