Jesus is my Homeboy

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “ Are You for us or for our adversaries?”  So He said, “ No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” Joshua did as the Lord commanded.
 
While it is true that Jesus is our friend, we are His friends because we are no longer an enemy.  Joshua was about to go to war with Jericho, and the “Commander of the army of the Lord” (Jesus) pays a visit! Joshua’s question and the Lord’s reply paint a very clear picture as to the relationship we have with God. Joshua asks, “Who’s side are you on; ours or theirs?” The Lord replies, “No. No, I am not on your side or their side. I am with God.”
 
It is not a question of if Jesus is on our side. The question is, are we on His side?
 
When we say, “I am a friend of God’s” or “God is my friend,” I think it is really important to understand we are ‘friends’ because we are not ‘foes’ (enemies). We are for Him as friends, or we are against Him as His enemies.
Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” Matthew 12:30
 
As a combat veteran, this idea is very clear to me. We are either “friend” or “foe.”
 
I pray these few words clear up this idea. Jesus is not our Homeboy. He is the Commander of the Lord’s army. We are at war, spiritually speaking, and we are either on His side or we an enemy to the cross.
 
Jesus says our “friendship” is predicated upon obedience. As the saying goes, ‘to love Him is to serve Him.’(John 15:14) You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. Beloved, as we see with Abraham, may we live out our days as the friend of God! 
 

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “ Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” He was called the friend of God. ~ James 2:23 

Unto the LORD our GOD who keeps His covenant and mercy, may HE and He alone be magnified!


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