“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:14–15
How do you know if someone is your friend?
To a great degree it comes down to what they do for you. They know what you need and they help you get it. They know what you enjoy and they make space in they’re relationship with you for those things to happen. They also know what you don’t like, or absolutely hate, and work to limit or eliminate those things from your life, if at all possible. In short, you know if someone is your friend by the way they submit to your needs and desires.
Now answer this question. How do you know if you’re their friend?
Logic tells us that you’ll know if you’re their friend if you do for them what I’ve just described them doing for you. You’re willing to submit to what they like or need, and you work to limit or eliminate what they don’t like or can’t tolerate.
Jesus put it this way, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”
In Jesus’ commands he reveals his needs, his preferences, his plans, and his way of living. His commands are an essential part of his invitation for us to become his friends. He’s God. He’s so wise and knowledgeable, and he has so many responsibilities that we could never figure out how to get along with him if he didn’t just tell us. So he told us what he’s like, who he is and what he’s doing. In his commandments God is giving us a genuine opportunity to become his friends.
Listen to Jesus as he keeps talking to his disciples, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
God, in his word, has revealed his plans and given us instructions on how we can work with him. God, through his Son, has revealed how he runs his home so that we can find our place as his sons and daughters and friends. God, by giving us his Spirit, has given us a teacher, so that we can understand and remember what we’ve been taught and he’ll also give us the power to act as we can do our part as friends of God.
Jesus has proven that he’s not just blowing hot air when he says that we’re his friends. Now the question that begs to be asked is whether or not we’ll do our part. Will we be Jesus friends today? Will we consider what he’s doing as we make our plans? Will we pay attention to his needs as we make our choices? Will we be considerate of his objections when we take action today? Will we prove ourselves to be Jesus friends today?
O Jesus, help me to be your friend today.