The benefits of friendship with God are countless! Daily, He shares His wisdom, love and power in ways we never imagined existed. Friendship with Him doesn’t happen overnight because it requires the process of being constantly connected with Him. Jesus termed it “abiding in Him.” He said: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” (John 15:7-10) God’s friendship isn’t bought with our tithes, offerings or grudging obedience–it springs from the loving obedience of our heart. God doesn’t have fake friends. We must seek to be as close to God as we can get by stripping away the sins which separate us from Him–especially sins like worry and fear–and seek to know Who He is by studying His Word. When we do these two things, our friendship with God grows naturally. Jesus explained the connection between our relationship with Him and the benefits which flow from it–like this: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) The fantastic benefits of God’s friendship are only accessible to us when we’re attached to Him. We must attach ourselves to Him in loving obedience to His Word and prune off all the rotten branches of our vine. Then, we flourish and become immeasurably fruitful as His love, wisdom and power flow through us! Seek Him and find your most amazing BFF!