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?