The best friends you could ever have are those who are truly heavenly minded. They know this world is not their home and they are not driving their stakes down, as though this is all that matters.
They are not disconnected from the realities of this life because they are always seeking who they can connect with in order to show them a better way to enjoy life, as they await the life to come.
They live in two worlds, but the accent mark is always on the world to come. To have a friend like this is to be rich. Do you want to be rich? Below are ten sequential steps to help you to find a good friend.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (ESV)
Pray – The first thing to do is make your requests known to God. Tell Him about your desire for a friend. Express to Him your need for care. Let Him know what He already knows–you need help from others.
Expect – This is not a one time prayer. Pray this way every day and throughout your day. As you think about it, ask God to bring people into your life–people who are willing to love you.
Look – If you regularly pray this way and expect God to come through, then start looking. You will find people. God will put you in front of people who have a similar burden and passion.
Agree – Let the person know what you are looking for and how you want to do life together. See if he/she has a similar passion. There are many Christians in our churches looking for this, but they are afraid to take the initiative.
Discern – You will know quickly if you have an authentic person on the line. Listen to how they talk about themselves. Are they willing to talk less about the weather or their favorite sport’s team and more about God?
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