A post from several years ago about Jesus as our better friend.
13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15No 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. John 15:13-15
I have been blessed to have several close friends in life. Two extremely close friends; Ben, whom I met in fourth grade and became extremely close to in high school, and Worm (or Jeremy), whom I went to college with and lived with for a time. I just tried to call Worm to ask for his help in applying a certain verse that I was writing about for a devotional. We are close. We share life together. We get together to watch Monday Night Football in the fall, or an entire season of 24 in one weekend. I recently spent my birthday with him and his wife, he cooked brisket, and my girlfriend, me, him, and his wife played games and enjoyed some quality time together that night. We have been there for each other throughout life’s ups and downs. Just a couple of summers ago I was visiting him to play golf and go to a Texas Rangers game. I picked him up after he finished a church-league softball game, and we went to get some burgers and Dr. Pepper. Right as we left the softball field he excitedly told me he had just found out that day that he was going to be a dad. We rejoiced together in that. Then a few weeks later, when I never heard back from the girl I took to the Rangers game, he was there to help me move on and not dwell on her. We both like baseball and argue about it often, since he likes the Red Sox and I am a Rangers fan. We have had disagreements at times, but we always are able to move past them and continue as friends.
Over the years I have helped Worm with camps, ski trips and retreats for his youth ministry. Whenever I have, he has always filled me in with what is going on and kept me well informed. Several times he has called me at the last minute to help out as a sponsor. Even in those instances I have not been in the dark about what is happening. There are times when I know more information about plans or other things than maybe some of the other sponsors do. This is due to my close friendship with Worm. There is a mutual level or trust and admiration.
In the final verse in this passage Jesus says that He calls the disciples friends because He has made known to them everything. Worm and I did not start out being so close that we shared everything with each other. We have learned more and more about each other over time and built up to that level.
When we first come to Jesus, He completely knows us, but it will take time for us to learn more and more about Him. The more time we spend with Him the more we learn and the more we grow. Today I encourage you to spend time with your friend Jesus learning more of Him.