by Pastor Mark Jordan
“You are my friends if you do what I command you. I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:14-15, CEB)
I love today’s passage. Robin Chance helped me read it differently last year when we explored the importance of seeing the connected Christian life as a friendship. We do put a lot of focus on service — and well we should, for this is the way of Christ — but Jesus’ point isn’t a taking a begrudging attitude toward serving others, but the energizing encouragement we experience while spending our time and energy with friends.
Jesus’ commandment, as He referred to it in v.14, is that you love others as God loves you. The response to God’s love is to share it with others. So when we think about our church at the well purpose statement — connecting people with God and each other, changing lives to change the world — this begins with a friendship. Jesus wants you to know you can be a friend to God, and allow that friendship to help you build eternal friendships with others. You can reap the eternal benefits of these friendships now, and look to build new ones with those you do not yet know.
St. Thomas Aquinas left us a beautiful quote, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” God gave us the model for this in Jesus, and wants you to experience the prize with Him and with others. How different would this make your life, experiencing connecting love with God and each other? How can you share this with others?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for wanting a friendship with me. I cherish that, and seek to share that with others. I ‘ow it is possible in Jesus, so I lift this prayer in His holy name. Amen.