John 15:14-17 of the Bible, Jesus says:
“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 have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
During my morning Bible study time, that part of scripture really spoke to me. You see, when I opened my Bible app, that wasn’t the piece of scripture being presented as “the verse of the day”. Actually, the verse of the day is John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you“. But I had decided to read the entire chapter which is where I read John 15:14-17, let it sink in for a moment, and then I felt this call to write about it.
Multiple times throughout scripture, we are referred to as servants of God and Christ. I personally have always felt humbled to be called to serve God and share His word. However, in this verse, Christ is calling us His friends. Wow… Talk about an overwhelming rush of excitement, humility, and overall feeling of love reading that part where Jesus Christ calls us His friends!
Growing up, I had a rough past. To say I’m not very close with my blood-related family would be a bit of an understatement. So the beautiful and wonderful individuals that I have the privilege of calling my “friends”, are actually who I consider to be my family. Friendship, to me, takes on a whole new meaning. To me, my friends are people I would sacrifice whatever I needed to for; I would do whatever I possibly could to help them in a time of need. My friends are my family. And so when I think about this scripture verse, it means so much to me. We are God’s children. Jesus is calling us His friends. To me, this means we are family.
Have you ever had someone ask you, “how do you think you’d react if Jesus walked into the room right now”? I can’t honestly say how I’d react because I don’t fully know…but I have this feeling that if He walked in the room, I would probably drop to my knees first in awe, then I’d get up and run and hug Him as tight as I possibly could and tears of joy and relief would rain down my cheeks. Just thinking about that moment puts a smile on my face and puts my anxious feelings at ease.
R.J. and I are starting a family of our own. We are due to have a little girl at the end of September and we couldn’t be more excited. Being able to carry her for 9 months is one of the biggest blessings I’ve ever felt in my life. I can’t wait to show our little one the joys of life and the love of Jesus Christ.
Jesus calls us His friends and has called us to help share God’s word. That makes each and every one of us brothers and sisters in Christ. That makes all of us family. That’s almost 8 billion people in the world that you get to call your family. And in every family, there’s dysfunction. There’s arguments, people don’t get along…we are human. But we are still family. We can still love one another. We are called to love each other no matter what. R.J. and I feel called to share His love through so many areas of our everyday life. What are ways in which you feel you are being called to share His love? And I want to challenge you to take a minute and think about what it means to you that Jesus is calling YOU His friend.
Written by Jillian Hughes
June 18th, 2019