“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.”
There are many hymns and songs written that refer to Jesus as our friend that we can turn to for comfort, encouragement, and wisdom. As we sing these songs they bring us peace knowing He is there with us, and always listening. He is our friend we lean on and run to for comfort.
His Word says Jesus calls us friend. Do you spend much time thinking about being a friend to Jesus? Do you reflect on the trust he has placed in you as his friend to share the wonders of the Gospel with others in your life and to live in a way that honors the friendship He extends to you?
Jesus calls you and me friend. We read that in John 15:15 stated above. Being called friend is truly incredible isn’t it? He is not just a God sitting on high, (although He is very much that first and foremost-the one true God who created the heavens and the earth) but He is also a personal God who makes our heart His home. This is the great mystery of the God we serve-that He is omnipresent. He is everywhere at all times. We don’t have to understand it, we can’t possibly understand it, and that is ok. He is God and we are not. If we understood everything about God, would we really hold on to the majesty and mystery of all that makes Him God? It is that wonder that leaves us in awe and keeps us in a place of reverence for the God we serve. With this in mind, it is incredible to pause and acknowledge the God of the universe, the King of all Kings, has the time and concern to call you and me friend. Who are we, that He should even notice us, let alone call us friend? Yet that is exactly who we are to Him, as we love Him and follow His ways. We are a friend to Jesus.
Our friendship with Jesus is like any other friendship, in that it must be nurtured and cared for.
Think about other friendships you have. If you only “take” in that friendship, and you never give back to the other person, your friendship won’t likely stay close for long will it? The whole point of calling someone a friend vs. a mere acquaintance is that we let them into our hearts and our lives. We trust them and confide in them right? They in turn extend trust by letting us into their lives. Friends are there for one another to celebrate the amazing moments in life and to be there to pick each other up during the most difficult times in life. Friends strengthen and encourage one another. They build each other up and care for one another.
As we read The Bible we come to learn Jesus is that friend to us. We learn He is there for us; He listens to our cares and our dreams; He comforts us; He strengthens us; and He encourages us to be our very best version we were created to be. He is available any time of day and refreshes us with His presence. Jesus is the very best friend we could ever hope for.
Would Jesus be able to say the same about your friendship to Him?
Do you listen to Him? Do you follow His teachings? Do you seek out what is on His heart?
If we read one verse back in John 15:14 we’ll see how Jesus defines friendship, “You are my friends if you do what I command.”
To be a friend to Jesus we need to listen to what He wants to share with us and live our lives in a way that honors the trust He has extended to us. As He reveals His heart to us and makes known the mysteries of the Gospel, we are drawn further and further into Him. He shows us all we need to live a life of abundance in Him. He tells us, “everything I have learned from my Father, I have made known to you.” He willingly shares all we need to live a life that is fruitful and covered in His peace.
What we must remember about this extraordinary friendship is that Jesus first chose us. We did not choose Him, but He chose you and and me. Jesus clarifies in John 15: 16-17 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
As a good friend to Jesus we must understand His heart and passion-which is to love others and offer them eternal salvation in Him. His greatest desire is that no one should perish, but that all share eternal life with Him. In knowing this, we are to take what is revealed to us and share it with others, that they might come to know Jesus as their friend and Savior as well. We are to do just what Jesus commands in John 15:17, “love each other.” This is how we become a true friend to Jesus, by seeking how and where He wants us to love as He loves. We find out what is important to Him and like a true friend would, we make ourselves available to assist Him in achieving His purposes any way we can.
Let us take time today to reflect and give thanks for the amazing gift of friendship we have in Jesus Christ. Let us then ask God to show us how we can be a greater friend in return. Let us not ever take this friendship for granted or let it grow cold. Let us always nurture and tend to this most precious gift we have, and hold our friendship with Jesus closest to our heart.
Heavenly Father I thank you for the most precious gift you sent me in your son Jesus Christ. As your Word states there is no greater love than the man who is willing to lay down his life for his friend’s. Your son did that by your command, all because of love for me. I can’t understand the depth of this love and devotion fully, yet I can fully receive it. Lord I thank you that you offer me friendship, that you know every secret hidden within me and you love me anyway. You see me in full and still desire to draw me close as your friend. You always listen to me as I bring my cares and fears before you. I thank you for that. Today, I just want to hear what is on your heart Lord. I don’t want to ask for anything for me, rather just to hear whatever you wish to share with me. Help me be the friend to you, that you have always been to me. I am here before you and wish to hear what is on your heart. My ears are listening and my lips are silent. I thank you for trusting your thoughts and heart with me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.