Scripture for Today: John 15:14-15 “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.”
My tea kettle always sits out on my stove. With the convenience of our microwave, I do not use it much anymore. The other day, my husband helpfully moved it to a cupboard to give me more room to work. I immediately rescued it and put it back on the stove.
I think my husband was surprised as my reaction seemed illogical. But for me, the tea kettle represents warmth and hospitality. I like the idea of always being ready to serve tea should a friend come by unannounced.
Our verse for today contains a revolutionary idea, the idea of Jesus being a friend! Friendship is viewed so differently from culture to culture. Each country has its own expectations and rules about it. But one idea remains constant; the idea of open sharing. One can tell a true friend anything and still be accepted. True friends can honestly share their feelings, their hopes and their dreams.
Jesus calls us His friends because He has openly shared with us His business. God’s plan and will are clearly spelled out in His Word. We wish we knew more details, but it is amazing that He lets us know anything at all! He daily communicates His love to us and we have the freedom to tell Him absolutely anything.
Sometimes my friendship with Jesus seems one-sided. By that I mean that I do lots and lots of talking but maybe not so much listening! Thankfully, He is a patient faithful Friend!