Are you a reluctant servant or an intimate friend?


You are my friends if you do what I command. 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 (John 15:14-15 NIV84)

Jesus is having a moment with his disciples (and us).  He explains to them that they are not his servants, but they are his friends. A friend of Jesus is someone who obeys Jesus and is about His Father’s business. He or she is a person who is fulfilling God’s purposes on earth.

Have you ever thought of yourself as a friend of Jesus?  Jesus calls you His friend.  If you understand that you are his friend, it’s a game changer.

There is a HUGE difference in a servant and a friend.

A servant is an employee. (job)

A friend is a teammate. (joy)

A servant has to do something. (duty)

A friend wants to do something. (desire)

How you view your relationship with God changes the way you live your life.

  • Do you have your morning quiet time (devotion) because you have to?  It is a job.  You are simply checking Bible reading and prayer off your daily todo list.  Or are you spending time with a close friend?  It’s a joy to meet with Him (Psalm 42:1-2).
  • Do you come to church because it’s something you need to do?  It is your duty.  Or do you come to church because you have a great desire to worship and serve your closest friend?
  • Do you live for God because you want to or because you have to?

Are you a reluctant servant or an intimate friend?

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