You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Psalm 139:15 The Message I meet many dogs each day as they pass by on their walks. I usually ask if I can pet them and their humans respond by explaining their personality. Most enjoy the attention but some would prefer to keep walking and sniffing with their personal human. These dogs are acquaintances. I do not know them intimately like our family canine members.
The dictionary describes acquaintance as, “a person one knows slightly but who is not a close friend. We meet many acquaintances in life and sometimes we would like to keep it a superficial relationship. Depending on the person’s personality, they might not be interested in a deeper relationship, either.
Relationships take work. We open ourselves to someone and risk getting hurt or we are rewarded with a friendship that lasts a lifetime. Either way, we invest ourselves wholeheartedly or we chance being only acquaintances.
God tells us in Revelation 3:16 that he will spit us out of his mouth if we are lukewarm instead of hot or cold. If we want our relationship with God to be hot and not a superficial friendship, we will put in the time and effort to get to know him in a deeper way. We need Jesus as a lifelong friend not an acquaintance of whom we’ve only been told. We want to know him intimately.
God created man in his own image. He wants to be in relationship and have fellowship with us daily. He knows our personality and longs to be our friend. Respond to his invitation to be more than an acquaintance. Put in the necessary work to build a lifetime relationship. Abraham was called the friend of God in James 2:23. You can be a friend of God, too.