Rev. Ray's October 26, 2021 Devotion
October 26, 2021, 9:32 AM

“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach.” Acts 1:5

Scholars do not agree on who this Theophilus is. Since the name means “Friend of God,” I am pleased to believe that he is writing to you and me. After all, Christianity is not a one-sided friendship. We sing, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus;” but what kind of friend does he have in us?

Are we as good of friends with the Lord now as we were before the pandemic? Do we hunger and thirst for his presence as we once did? Some say that Covid has changed us, but what if it has only unveiled us?

Jesus stopped calling his disciples servants and began to call them friends. Do we understand the difference between servant and friend? A servant will do a task out of obligation, and even to escape punishment. The servant also comes because he/she has been ordered to do so; but a friend helps just for the sake of friendship and comes because he/she desires to be near someone.

When I am away from Pat, I greatly appreciate the phone; at least I can hear her voice. When I am home, I am not going to call or text her, and God forbid that I would “zoom.” Why would I when I can be near her? Online worship is a friend to those who cannot be in the Lord’s house; but it is a different thing for those who have stopped saying, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Lord, I want to be the kind of friend to you that you have been to me.
“Friendship with Jesus,
fellowship divine,
O what a blessed, sweet Communion.
Jesus is a friend of Mine.”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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