30 Day Next Steps

Day 7: The Meaning of Life

What is most important in life?

I no longer call you servants… but friends.

John 15:15

People search for life’s meaning in many ways. Wealth. Power. Status. Possessions. As alluring as these may be, people who achieve them are seldom satisfied. Often it’s not until our later years that we fully grasp the extraordinary value of our relationships.

I am grateful to have been able to achieve much in life. Many would view me as “successful.” Yet my greatest treasures by far are my relationships — with my wonderful wife, Wendy, and our children, grandchildren and close friends — and with the Lord Jesus — a bond that is absolutely unique!

Even when we are denied the intimate relationships of marriage, family and friends, there is One who always will be, without fail, our friend. Recall His pledge: “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

By the time Billy Graham (mentioned on Day 5) was in his 90s, he had lost his wife, Ruth, and many close acquaintances through death. But he always had a friend in Jesus. He stated, “It is the greatest discovery you will ever make: You were created to know God and be His friend forever. This is a staggering truth. Think of it. The infinite, all-powerful holy God of the universe wants to be your friend. He wants you to know Him personally.”

Take a moment now to embrace this profound reality, for in it you touch the very meaning of life: You were created to be God’s friend.

Day 8: Why 30 Days?

How does it feel to have a relationship with God? Does that feel impossible to you? Talk to someone about it.

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