Have you ever thought of friends in terms of the fact that they need you? We sometimes think of friendships in terms of ourselves – our own needs, our own agenda, totally in the sense of, What’s in it for Me? Well, there is something in every friendship for us – but that’s not really what friendship is about. To think that way will twist it. The better question is ‘What can I give to my friends?’ To put it into context, imagine Jesus – the One who called us to follow Him – asking when it came to giving His life, “What’s in it for me?” I can’t even imagine that! He freely gave Himself – opened His arms – to welcome everyone into friendship who would come – and gave His life in the process! I’m guessing that the greatest gift we can give to others is not our money and stuff and amazing personalities and the ability to network – it’s ourselves. We struggle with selfishness and with being good friends – and with wondering what our friends think of us. But friends connect friends. And with us comes the opportunity to share a friendship with the perfect Friend. That happens over time – when we welcome His power into our own lives and serve with humility! Jesus changed everything by offering His friendship; your friendship could change more lives than you would ever dare dream!
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