Charles Price returned to the pulpit of The Peoples Church in Toronto for two Sundays and shared this in the first message on February 19th. The section quoted below begins at 28:16 of this sermon.
“…Some time ago I was going through a difficult time. Battles were raging in my soul, I was weak, defeated and one day [my wife] Hilary asked me the question, “Is Jesus your friend?” and I thought about that.
I thought about the fact that I work with him most of my dealings are with him or about him, or they’re about his word, about knowing his mind, about knowing his will, about wanting his power. I came to a sober conclusion, that Jesus was my business partner first, and not my friend.
She said in effect, “I can see that. Let him be your friend.”and it became a vitally important and significant challenge and issue in my life.
We can function out of obedience to God. Those of us who are in Christian ministry, you know, it’s the easiest place to backslide because it’s your job, and yet your heart can be distant. We can acknowledge his presence – you and I can do that, we can metaphorically tip our hat to him and say, ‘Yes, thank you, you’re there, you’re there. I want you to bless me,’ But not live out of a daily, fresh love relationship with him.”