Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friends of Christ


9"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I 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.16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.
John 15:9-17, New International Version

Friends of Christ

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.

Just think of the implications of these two verses from John 15. We are friends of Christ! Why does Christ make the distinction here between servants and friends? Ours is not a dark, hidden faith with the details known only to a few, but rather God has sent us His Word with a plain presentation of the Gospel as well as in depth knowledge of God himself.

I fear that we, as Christians, tend to take our Bibles for granted. How soon we forget the dark ages when the Bible was only in the hands of a few. The truth of the Word was not known to the common man. God has blessed us by giving us His Word so that we may read it and study it.

When you think about it, what an amazing thing it is that God does not hide the details of our faith, cloaking it in a field of mystery. God does not desire mere servants who obey because it is their duty, but rather, he desires a relationship with his children who obey out of love for Him.

How does that relationship with Christ impact our lives? As friends of Christ we love Him and desire to keep His commandments. Our prayer time is not just a formal time of stiffly listing our needs to Christ; our prayer time is a time of communing with Christ. Yes, we should always goes to Christ with our needs, but we should also go to Him with praise and adoration on our lips, thanking Him for all He has done and continues to do in our lives. What a sweet time of fellowship it is!

As you go about the duties of this day, just ponder the fact that, as children of God, we are friends of Christ! How amazing that is!

God Bless You,
Linda

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