Abraham was called a “friend of God.” (James 2:23; Isaiah 41:8; 2 Chronicles 20:7) What a special designation. However, Jesus brought that designation to His disciples where we read. . .
“(13) Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (14) You are my friends if you do what I command you. (15) No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:13-15 ESV)
Jesus’ great love was demonstrated even beyond this in that He laid down His life not only for His friends, but for His enemies as well, desiring their eventual acceptance of His provision on behalf of all. Therefore, His love still stands out as the most supreme! In this, Jesus also clearly revealed the kind of friend He desires to be.
Jesus also encouragingly drew His disciples into the circle of friends with Him! No longer merely being called servants — though they would continue serving His Will — Jesus drew them closer into the relationship as His friends who would be brought to understand the Lord’s mission as they would eventually continue with the work of seeking and saving the lost. Their surrendered obedience to the Will of the Lord was a sign of the desire for such a connection with Him and the same would be true with us.
Though we thank God for the friend we have in Jesus, what marks our approach to the relationship? Are we continually seeking to please Him by following in His Will? May we accept the friendship Jesus has extended as we come to more fully understand and share in His mission to a lost world!
Have a great day BEFRIENDING THE WILL AND WORK OF JESUS!