John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 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.
God wants more than a casual relationship with you; he wants to be your friend. He had that type of relationship with Abraham, hence three times throughout the scriptures Abraham was referred to as God’s friend. One scripture in which that was evident was in Isaiah 41:8 where God made it clear that Israel was “the seed of Abraham, my friend”. Although Moses was not officially called a friend of God as Abraham was, the scripture said in Exodus 33:11 and the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. What made Abraham and Moses friends of God? They obeyed the word of the Lord and made intimacy with Him a priority.
Make it the goal of your life to be a friend of God. Being a friend of God is not an Old Testament concept, nor is it limited to a choice few. Jesus wants all his disciples to be His friends. Therefore, he outlined the requirement in John 15:14 when He said “ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you”. The same things that made Abraham and Moses friends of God then, is the same that is required today. Are you willing to do what it takes? Being a friend of God comes with benefits, Jesus will reveal unto us the secrets of the Father. Jesus said “but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” That is a privileged position to be in.
Would it not be an honor for God to call you His friend? Be willing to do what it takes.
Life Application: Make it part of your mission to be a friend of God and fulfill the same by staying close to God and practicing obedience to His word.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for the privilege of having access to you. Thank you for the gift of friendship. May I never take it for granted. In Jesus’ name, amen.