When your friends arent there for you

I happens. You may be going through the worst time in your life, and your best friend doesn’t seem to care. They skip out on lunch, forget plans, never notice how down you are . . . They’re absorbed in themselves and they forget to care for you. In those moments, your response matters greatly. You can wallow in self pity and weakness, or you can rise above.

Jesus had his friends fail Him at the worst time in His life. And yet He still loved them. We found the account in Luke 22. Jesus is submitting His will to the Fathers. He is about to go to the cross to be crucified, and He is in great agony. He tells the disciples.

“And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

Did you notice how Jesus was concerned about them? He didn’t say “pray with me for moral support” No, He told them to pray for their own sakes. Even at the most agonizing part of His life, He was still caring for them.

In the next verses we see how much agony Christ was in. It says, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” His body was under so much stress and torment from the inner turmoil He faced that His body was mixing blood with His sweat. Within the next few moments, He came back to the disciples.

“And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,” They were sleeping for sorrow. Their own sorrow. They weren’t concerned about Him necessarily. The word sorrow could be translated exhaustion. They were tired, so they were sleeping. They had not a care that Christ was under so much pressure.

Christ’s response?

“Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”

He was still concerned about them. He never faltered in His selflessness. He wanted them to live a life free of sin and failure to temptation. He loved them.

I don’t know how I would have reacted in such a situation. I probably would have felt hurt, betrayed, uncared for, or unloved. I might have become angry, or started and argument. But Christ? He was loving them. He had forgotten about Himself and His needs. He was completely fulfilled by the Father, ready to pour out Himself and love those around Him.

Is that how you are when friends betray you or disregard your struggles. I would ask you to pray and ask God to help you become a better friend. Ask Him to teach you how to love others even it would seem that you are the one who needs the most help or support. Don’t be a martyr, or be afraid to ask for companionship when you need it, but don’t allow other’s actions to bring you to selfishness.

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:4

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What do I get anyway?

God created heaven with amazing blessings. Yes, I said bountiful. God made streets of gold, foundations of precious stones, a sea of glass, trees with good fruit. The place is nice. When I was younger, I would always ask, “What are we going to do?” Because honestly, as a kid, I wasn’t impressed with golden streets, I wanted toys and things to play with. I thought I’d be bored.

Just like I did, you might ask, what do I get? I’m serving God. I’m doing His will. What do I get? Yeah, it’s a selfish way to think, but I’m sure we have all been there. What do we get? I mean, even though we know we don’t deserve a piece of the pie, we still want it anyway. We want to know what’s coming to us.

Well, my fellow Christian, let me give you a hint. In Genesis 15, Abraham is talking to God after he refused to take the riches that the king of Sodom offered him. When Abraham refused, God came to Abraham and told him. “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” – Genesis 15:1

I want you to think about this. We are heirs of Abraham. God calls us friends just like he called Abraham His friend.

Let’s realize one more thing. Christ died for us. Christ’s reward for dying for us is us.

Abraham’s reward is God, and we are heirs of Abraham.

So our reward is God, and Christ’s reward is us.

Isn’t that beautiful? When you became a Christian and surrendered your life to Christ, you accepted a reward. A great reward. An exceeding great reward. Fellowship with God for all eternity is your reward for following God.

So maybe I was wrong in my previous post. We do get a piece of the pie. We get the whole pie. God presence and friendship is ours to cherish forever.

Isn’t that the sweetest blessing?