You Are a Friend of God by Bo Sanchez

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One day, a man came up to me and asked, “Did you come up with Kerygma?”

“Yep,” I said, “Started it way back in 1990.”

“And after that, you published other books, like Didache, Gabay, Companion, Sabbath…”

“Yes,” I said.

He grabbed my arm and asked, “Bo, can I ask you a question?”

“Shoot,” I said.

“Where do you get all your ideas? Man, I’m serious.”

To tell you honestly, I couldn’t answer him.

Because I felt my answer would have sounded cocky.

I wanted to tell him, “I’m a friend of God and He talks to me.”

Not with bolts of lightning and peals of thunder. But through ordinary thoughts. Why? Because He’s my friend and friends talk to each other each day.

When I say this, I’m not saying everything I’ve done has been a resounding cowabunga success. On the contrary, I’ve started a lot of stuff that crash-landed the day I launched it. But even those failures weren’t really failures because I learned so much from them. I felt God’s guidance and kindness to me.

And in case you’re thinking that I’m putting myself on a pedestal here, read my next sentence: If you look back at your life, you’ll realize that God has spoken to you, too. He has been guiding you throughout your life. Because He’s your friend too.

There’s nothing special about me. I fart. I snore. I sleep with my mouth open. I leave my dirty socks on the floor. (My wife is holy because of me.)

You are God’s friend.

And God likes talking to you.

Jesus says, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

Right now, you may be worried about all sorts of concerns. Perhaps it’s about your kids. Or about your job. Or about your health. Or about your future.

Declare today that God stands by His friends.

And you’re God’s friend.

Even more, connect with Him — read His Word, know Him more. Trust in your Friend today.

Turn the page and surrender to the One who waits for you. Always.


*This article originally appeared in Kerygma magazine April 2017 issue.

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