Friends of God

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

John 15:12-15

Imagine being called “the friend of God.”  Imagine Jesus Christ Himself saying that you are His friend.  Just being called a miserable sinner saved by grace would be wonderful enough, but to be called His friend is something different.  Like the woman who called herself a dog who wanted to eat the scraps from the Master’s table, we would be fine being called a “dog” if it meant being His dog.  But to be called the friend of Jesus would be incredible.

But here it happened.  “Ye are my friends” and “I have called you friends.”  Jesus told the disciples that they were His friends.  He tells us the same thing.  How to we get to this exalted position of being the “friend of Jesus?”  We do what He told us to do in verse 14, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

We would all say that we want to be the friends of Jesus.  But do we do the things that He commands us to do?  Do we obey Him?  Do we read His Word and follow the things we find therein?  Imagine being called the friend of God and how wonderful that would feel.  We don’t have to imagine it.  We can do it.  We just need to obey Him.  How are we doing?

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