Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | February 1, 2010

Day 12: Developing Your Friendship With God

So Continuing the previous post, Rick Warren offers 6 secrets to developing your frindship with God.
1. Constant Conversation
2. Continual Meditation
3. I must choose to be honest with God. What may appear as audacity God views as authenticity. Bitterness is the greatest barrier to friendship with God. But we have to be honest with him and let him know.
4. I must choose to obey God in faith. Obedience is a condition of intimacy between friends.(I think this is a very important concept in any friendship. Do you trust and love your friends and family enough to obey them even when you don’t understand what it’s all about? Are you hurt when friends, family and co workers don’t “obey” you, demonstrating that they don’t love and trust you enough to do what you ask without a big explanation?)Obeying God is simple–doing the small things he asks of us day in and day out, and doing it together and for him. It’s the faith of Saint Therese of Liseaux, the little flower, who took the small way, the little way as a path to intimacy with Christ.
5. I must choose to value what God values. What does God care about most? The redemption of his people.
This might be as hard as believing he even exists, particularly if you work in retail and have to deal with some very nice people and some really big a holes! But just look around–so many people are walking around oblivious. It’s hard to like a lot of people. But, maybe that’s what God is calling me to do–to wake up people.
6. I must desire to know God and be in his presence, passionately. I must desire friendship with him more than anything else. “Draw close to God and God will draw close to you.” James

Warren’s question: What practical choices will I make today in order to grow closer to God?

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