Do you know what the “2009 Word of the Year” was according to the New Oxford American Dictionary?
This word has been brought to us by the wonderful world of Facebook. Here’s an example of properly using the word in a sentence: “I have, like, 800 friends, so I decided to unfriend the people I don’t really care about.”
Do you realize that it is only possible to unfriend someone whom you have previously friended? And personally, I think friended is a much nicer word than unfriended. Maybe it was the “Word of the Year” in 2008.
Here’s how friending works in the world of Facebook: you come across a relative or an old acquaintance or classmate you haven’t talked to in years… and you can friend them. You can reestablish the relationship, which for me means communication continues to be limited or non-existent, but every once in a while I’ll stalk your page when Facebook prompts me to. But nevertheless, it’s an amazing thing that was not possible a few years ago.
It’s a great picture of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Jesus, being God, left heaven and became a man to live, to die, and to live again to reestablish a relationship with us that had become broken because of our sin. You and I have been friended by Christ and are invited into a brand new life with Him!
We each have a pending friend request from Jesus; each of us has to confirm or reject that request on our own. Let me tell you, making Jesus your best friend is the smartest move you can make, and the intent of this blog is to help you follow Jesus who died to friend you.