It is amazing that Jesus called frail men and women to accomplish God’s plan and purpose! There is absolutely nothing in any of us that deserves this choice. He makes it very clear about who does the choosing; “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide” (John 15:16). His choice was not just to get certain things done that God wanted accomplished in this world. They are best accomplished through persons who enter into a relationship with Him and His Son Jesus Christ. That is the thrust of John 15. Aside from “abiding in Christ,” connected to the source, what does this relationship look like?
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (15:15). In this “friendship” relationship, Jesus shares everything He has heard from the Father-- divine secrets; mysteries and plans that cannot be known or understood by men or women who are not connected to the vine – the source.
Oswald Sanders says; “Friendship begets intimacy, and in times of difficulty and danger, it is a great strength to have a staunch friend alongside. God gave David that compensation in Jonathan… David’s capacity for friendship was one of the qualities that made him a man after God’s heart.” (Enjoying Intimacy with God, pages 48-49).
What is your relationship with Jesus? Do you consider Him more than your Savior? In your time alone with Him, has He shared divine secrets from His Word that inspire your mind, heart and life with a Spirit-filled purpose?
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