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.
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”.
To become a friend of Jesus starts with a love for God through Christ Jesus. 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.
Where are you in your relationship with God through Christ? Are you a “servant, “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”.
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.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for calling you “friend”.