Before you answer the above question let me define a friend. A friend is a person who loves you because of who you are. They are not trying to gain favor by being interested in you. They won’t walk away from you in your darkest days. They rejoice in your victories and weep with you in your sorrows. They care about you on a deeper level than just the surface. If you were horribly disfigured they would still see you in their heart as whole and complete. Your memory would be a cause of blessing to them when far away or for that matter after you are gone from this world. Now, how many friends do you have?
If there is anything that is obvious to me about the way Jesus changed lives, it is the way he invested in people. The signs of deep relationships are all over the narrative of the gospels. Jesus called his followers “friends”. He of all people knew the meaning of the word. One of the most distressing things about life in the modern world is the pitiful shallowness of relationships. When revival comes it will come on the heels of Holy Spirit empowered relationships built between the people of God. In fact when those relationships exist and are obvious to a watching world, many people are irresistably drawn to Christ and to the warmth of Christian fellowship. Be a friend! Make a friend! Why not start today?