John 15:15- I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I have heard from My Father have I made known to you.
The word servant or doulos in the Greekmeans slave.
Jesus told His disciples, "I no longer call you “slaves”, but I call you "friend".
In the Bible, being a servant of God was no shame, it was a position of status and high honor. Moses, Joshua and David were all called servants or slaves of God.
The apostle Paul even identified himself as a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ, which he too considered to be an honor. Romans 1:1- Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Abraham – The Father of the “Faith” is called a “friend” of God. James 2:23- The Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,”and he was called the friend of God.
Being a friend of God implies faith in God and intimacy with God that is available even today to you and I through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Intimacy is the experience of really knowing and being known by another person. The heart of our intimacy with God comes through “faith” and “trust” in Him and His Word.
As God calls Moses, and Abraham His “friend”, so does Jesus call His disciples “friend”.
Through a personal relationship, experience and interaction with Jesus on a daily basis for 3 years, those disciples who obeyed and followed Jesus became His friends.
To become friends of Jesus starts with a love for God. Only love can produce love in return.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
A servant does not have the same responsibilities of a friend. When one is a servant one simply follows directions. They do what they are told.
As Jesus puts it in this text, “a servant does not know what his master does.” A servant can not understand what the Master wants, therefore, He is not accountable to some extent, only friends.
Where are you in your relationship with God through Christ? James 4:4- do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Are you a “servant” ,a “friend” or an enemy of God?
If we are declaring to be a “friend” of God, you and I have a responsibility to act accordingly.
Jesus says, “I no longer call you slaves, but I call you friend”. John 15:11 I have spoken these things to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for He has promoted us from the status of “slaves” to “friends” by faith through His Son Christ Jesus who died and shed His blood once and for all. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!
TELL THE LORD THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!