Jesus considers us His friend? That’s amazing to me! We are flaky, unreliable, and foolish at times, but the Lord looks at us and calls us, “His friends.” He doesn’t love us and call us friends because He has to, but because He chooses to.
When picking friends, we choose people who like the things that we like and dislike the same things we do as well. Here Jesus says, “You’re My friends if you do what I command you.” He isn’t saying, “If you do what I tell you then I will be your friend!”, but it’s a friendship based on obedience. It’s not about being a servant where He orders us around, but it’s a relationship of friendship where He shares with us His purposes and plans for our lives and we willingly follow Him. James writes about this relationship in his letter, saying of Abraham, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23).
Let’s follow our Lord and Savior, our King, and our Friend… Jesus.
Pastor Doug Hardin