May 5, 2018
John 15:12-15…“I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” vs. 15
The song, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus,” isn’t sung much anymore–probably because it doesn’t have a catchy tune. But many Jesus-people still regard it as a favorite, primarily because of verses like this: “Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer.” In this passage, Jesus assures his disciples that, as his friends, they know everything they need to know about their mission because he’s told them all he knows. Now some of us might be disappointed in that–we’d love to know more about God. But Jesus is right. We really don’t need to know everything to be whizzes at what we do. All that is necessary is that we be faithful in our loving, and that alone will bring contentment. And of course, since Jesus saw himself as a servant, we never will grow out of that serving role. He made that plain as he washed his disciples’ feet the night before his death. Being a friend of Jesus doesn’t elevate our status in the world; it only confirms our role as servants to all who are in need. The good news is, that as our friend, Jesus will share in every twist and turn of our serving adventures!
Thought for the Day: In what ways do I experience Jesus as my friend?