Spiritual Practice


Growing up in the church, I have always heard what a great friend we have in Jesus. But I had no idea what that meant. I pictured Jesus as an angry ruler who threw the moneychangers out of the temple and who called the Pharisees vipers and fools. How could someone like that be my friend?

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One day, during a sermon at church, our pastor challenged us to read the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He encouraged us to focus on Jesus and the works he did. I took the challenge and read all four books. My view of Jesus changed completely. I watched Jesus weep over the brokenhearted, heal the sick, feed the hungry, hug the children, and show mercy to sinners. For the first time, I saw Jesus as a friend.


I pray that you and all of God’s people will understand what is called wide or long or high or deep. I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured.
Ephesians 3:18–19a (CEV)

GET TO KNOW JESUS: I challenge you to read the four Gospels, focusing on Jesus and his ministry with others. Find out for yourself “what a friend we have in Jesus.”

Will you take the 4-G Challenge?


Katie Clark  is from Athens, Alabama.



—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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