This morning as I’m spending time reading and praying I’m reflecting on the many wonderful friends I’ve been introduced to through my relationship with Christ over the years.
Not only has Jesus changed my life but wonderful friendships with God’s family continue to contribute to transformation in my life as well. In the Roman world the idea of a “friend” was often a political ally or a powerful person who could help you. The nature of pursuing friendship in this context was to position yourself to be in a more powerful position in life.
In this historical context the words of Jesus prove to be more profound than ever. We have nothing to offer Him yet he still chose to call us friends. May His example be our pursuit as we learn to express friendship because we are friendly not because we want something in return.
John 15:15 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.