No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
Jesus Christ has offered His friendship to all of us. Through His death for us, the Lord Jesus has given us the love of a dearest friend. The Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Do you feel more like Jesus’ servant or His friend? When we are God’s friends, we know He is always there when we need Him. We know He understands our weaknesses, struggles and pain. But what is required of us to call ourselves friends of Jesus Christ? By looking at John 15:8-17, friends of Jesus love one another, obey His commandments, understand His truth, and are chosen to bear fruit.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. (John 15:14)
God considers us friends when we obey Him and give ourselves to Him as He gives Himself to us. Do you consider God your friend? What helps develop the friendship?
Repenting and believing in Jesus Christ is the beginning of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This relationship must be nurtured so that it can grow into something intimate. Our relationship with God goes far beyond church attendance and regular devotion. It should affect our lives in all aspects (time, relationships, and material resources). Those who seek God will find that they are rewarded with His abidance. Today, God’s abidance shows in the power and the work of the Holy Spirit.
God spoke to Moses face to face as we would speak to a friend. This special relationship is not out of reach for us today. Because of Jesus Christ, all believers are priests and we can talk with God personally and directly (Heb 10:19-23). We can become friends of God through our passionate devotion to Him and through our prayers in the Spirit.