James indicates we have a choice. We can be a friend of the world or a friend of God, but we cannot be both. To be a friend of the world negates a friendship with God. To be a friend with God makes a friendship with the world unnecessary.
As I think about a friendship with the world, it seems self-centered. How many times have I spent on what I wanted only to realize I didn’t really want it? I was spending on pleasures that could not satisfy. I was seeking a friendship that would lift me up.
At the heart of a friendship with God are ten commands (James 4:7-10): submit to God; resist the devil; come near to God; wash your hands; purify your hearts; grieve, mourn, wail, change, and humble. “And he will lift you up.” I don’t like to admit it, but that’s really what I’m seeking – to be lifted up. And a friendship with the world cannot do that.
God is ready and waiting. God longs to establish a friendship with you, a friendship more satisfying that you can ever imagine. Like any friendship, it will take time. But what could be more worthwhile?
Today’s readings: 2 Chronicles 29-31; James 4