FRIENDS OF GOD
“I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” Verse 15 (NIV)
When we had our first child, I did the respectable thing and read a book or two on parenting. I remember reading that our children will generally live up to expectations imposed on them. If we expect our teenagers to live irresponsibly, there is a good chance they will live up to that expectation. On the other hand, if we expect them to be responsible young adults, then they will seek to fulfill that expectation.
When Jesus told the disciples, “I no longer call you servants” it must have been a major change of understanding for them. The role of a servant was to be obedient to commands from the master and to give attention to the task at hand. But Jesus changed the expectation by saying, “Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Friends experience an intimate, personal relationship with one another. To be a friend of God means to have access to the very heart of God. To know what the Master is doing and to have access to his heart is a tremendous privilege.
As we live and work within this relationship, our perspective changes because we are able to see through Jesus eyes, and our heart beats in tune with his. We work with the Lord and have this incredible anchor that gives us stability through any and every situation that comes our way in life. What a tremendous blessing!
Jesus, thank you for referring to us as friends. Thank you for becoming one of us and for setting us free by dying for us and giving us new life. Amen.