Acquaintance or friend? Relationship matters!

by Kay Rittenhouse

The tree limbs clawed at the side of the house, pushed by the ferocious winds. Lightning danced across the sky and rain pounded the windows. A flicker or two later, the power was out. Feeling his way to his bed, Mr. C climbed into his bed and snuggled beneath his warm blankets.

The front door rattled as though bigfoot was waging war against it. “Let me in, I need a dry place to sleep!” shouted a voice from outside.

“Who is it?” asked Mr. C.

“B J Black!”

“You must have the wrong house. I don’t know anyone by that name.”

“Sure you do, we meet about twenty years ago at a ballgame.”

“Perhaps but I still don’t know you, you are merely a moment in time and I can’t even remember that moment. I am sorry but I can’t let you, I never knew you!”

Being a friend is different than being an acquaintance. You recognize a friend because you spend time with them. Are you a friend of Jesus or an acquaintance?

John 14:23
Amplified Bible
23 Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.

Matthew 7:21
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21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

If you don’t have a true relationship with Jesus, how will you know the will of the father?