Last week we talked about how we are:
– Chosen by God
– Treasured by God
– Holy and Blameless by God
– A Child of God
Today, we are talking about being a friend of God. In John 15:15, Jesus says, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” Jesus considers us His partner….His friend. We get to know His business and do life with Him to advance God’s kingdom. His business is about spreading the Gospel all over the world. How amazing is that?!
But, first, Jesus tells us “you are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14). We must obey God in whatever He asks us before we are called His friend. We are called to do Kingdom work. God created us for a purpose. He created us so we can do His work on earth. God will trust us to do great things as long as we allow Him to guide us in the right direction. We can only do great things through Him.
In John 15:13, says that “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” We are a friend to Jesus, and He gave the ultimate sacrifice. He died on the cross for our sin. Jesus is a faithful and true friend who can never be replaced by earthly friends. His friendship goes far beyond what an earthly friend can do for us. He laid down His life for you and me.
Here are some questions to ponder:
1) Are you a friend to Jesus?
2) Do you consider Him a friend?
3) Do you treat Jesus like a friend?
4) How do you talk to Jesus? As a complete stranger or someone who is your best friend?
Jesus is an amazing friend who will never let you down and will always be there when you need to talk. He is always there even when you do not want Him there. He is the most consistent friend you will ever have, and this kind of friendship needs be honored by respecting who Jesus is in our lives!