He Chooses to be Our Friend


Well, we've concluded our brief look at Abba Father as King. This week I want to turn our attention to another characteristic of Abba Father and that is of Him choosing to be our friend. I'm sure that many of His children don't think of themselves as His friend. We might have learned to think of Jesus and or the Holy Spirit as our friend, but not usually Abba. I want to support this concept with Scripture so read two verses, along with me.

 Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Phillip, and yet you still don't know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show Him to you?"John 14:9

 "I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn't confide in His slaves. Now you are my friends, since I told you everything the Father told me." John 15:15

 So, there you have it, straight from Jesus' mouth, if we want to know what Abba looks like and how He views us, we need only look at Jesus. We are Abba's friend! How amazing is that? He says the first thing a friend does is to let their friends know their secrets. The first one for us is that we are Abba's friend.

 My children are all grown up and have families of their own now. My youngest turns 30 next month. While they are always my kids and they still come to me for advice at times, my relationships with each of them has grown into friendships. While always being father and child, we have grown through the years to be friends. I have chosen to see my kids as friends while still cherishing them as only a father can. This is a hint of the intimacy Abba has in mind when He calls us not only His children, but also His friends.

 I want to take some time this week to be intentional in thanking Abba for choosing me to be His friend. Care to join me?





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word  ‘but’.”  

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”  Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our  business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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